Pomodoro ~ Trendy new hairstyle? New Techy Gadget? Exotic Animal?

Using a tomato shaped kitchen timer to help with doing tasks.Is it a new flu virus?

Or some kind of weird weather phenomenon?

Maybe the next high-end fashion designer??

Maybe a shoe?! or a bag?!?!

Nope … none of the above.

It is actually Italian meaning “tomatoes” but in this case, believe it or not, it is a time management technique.

Yep … something real to help you out with time management!

Not a new shoe, or trendy bag, not an animal or crazy new virus, and not something to make spaghetti sauce with :)

Just a simple technique to make your life a little easier.

So what is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals called ‘Pomodoros’ separated by breaks.

The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.

Five basic steps to implementing the Pomodoro technique

  1. decide on the task to be done
  2. set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
  3. work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
  4. take a short break (5 minutes)
  5. every four “pomodoros” take a longer break (15–20 minutes)

*** the above was taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique ***

I read about this a couple weeks ago, I really cannot remember where, but I had mentioned on my fb page (http://www.facebook.com/bloggingwithgypsy) the other day that I was seriously thinking of implementing this “25 minutes on / 5 minutes off” technique. And, without missing a beat, my favorite go-to gal Michelle posted a link to a cool tool called Focus Booster!

Focus Booster (http://www.focusboosterapp.com/) is a cool little app that you can download and open on your desktop. It looks like this:

FocusBooster screenshot
I haven’t tried the online version, but I did download it and I have used it all morning :)

I have to say that it will definitely get it’s worth in use. I can use this for EVERYTHING from computer tasks, laundry, decluttering, crafting, writing, all kinds of tasks! YAY!

If you don’t want to download the app, use a kitchen timer! Set it for 25 minutes, then set it for 5 minutes … then reset it for another 25 … you get the picture! LOL

I really think the Pomodoro technique is worth a whirl!

***tomato timer image credit http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Il_pomodoro.jpg ***

Do you implement something like this to help with your tasks? Go ahead and use the comment box below! I would love to hear your own time management ideas and techniques!

Kimberly Gypsy LoSavio

WordPress Enthusiast. Blogging Mentor. Witchy Mom-Preneur. Coffee Fiend! Founder of Blogging with Gypsy. High Craft-ess of Crafting with Gypsy. Head Chatterbox of Coffee with Gypsy.

I help crafty, creative, heart-centered entrepreneurs fed up with outdated, ill-advised and unsuccessful “solutions” create a place online that reflects their authenticity and true purpose while creating the life they deserve.
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