In this Short TED Talk, Yana Savitsky shares her experience of using the Pomodoro Technique to be more productive and effective.
So what is the Pomodoro Technique?
It is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo that aims to make people more productive. Using the time they have and working ‘with’ it, rather than ‘against’ it.
In short, you work in 25-minute increments followed by a 5-minute break. Doing 4 of these ‘pomodoros’ and then taking a longer break.
The theory behind the technique is that the timer creates a sense of urgency. Rather than just cruising along at a normal pace and getting distracted as you go, you have a clear defined time to get as much done as possible.
Added to this is the forced breaks that remind us to stop and refresh ourselves. Helping us to recharge the batteries and be ready for the next increment of focused action.
Great for students
Yana’s example is one many student have likely experienced. Set about a project or assignment with great determination, only to become fatigued, stressed and drained by the end of each day with an unfocused approach to each task.
Implementing the Pomodoro Technique into her routine, totally change the way she thinks and acts with her time management. Rather than the fatigue, she is now energised and stimulated through the whole day. Feeling more rewarded and fulfilled as she ticks things off.
Great for everyone
Not only is they system great for students, but it can have many different applications applied to both work and non-work settings.
Whether it’s at work or at home, we often have endless ‘to do’ lists. Written down or just in our head. By writing them down and stepping through the Pomodoro Technique people can:
- Understand the effort an activity requires
- Reduce interruptions
- Improve time estimation
- Schedule time better
- Define and refine objectives
Ultimately making us more motivated and focused on activities at hand.
Here is the 5-minute TED Talk with Yana sharing her experience of using the Pomodoro Technique:
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