Using the Pomedoro Technique to get more done
This year I have been able to start getting more done in not only my blog and business but also in my life. One of the best tools I have found is using the Pomedoro Technique to get more done. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique that was developed in the 1980’s. I just discovered it in the beginning of this year and am loving it.
How it works is that you focus your attention on one task for a period of time, usually 25 minutes and then take a short break. This is 25 minutes of work and break is one Pomodoro. By focusing on just one task for that block time. It helps you to avoid distractions and trying to do too many things at once. Something I am super guilty of. Even after using this technique I’m still working on improving this.
By becoming super focused on a task I am more productive and actually accomplish the tasks I set out to do. I am still in the process of learning how to be the most productive that I can and finding out what works best for me and as I keep discovering new techniques and tricks I am going to share them with you readers on my blog and on social media. Since I love the topic of productivity so much I put together a free email course all about it. Click the image below and sign up for free.
How to use the Pomedoro Technique to get more done
Get an app that tracks your Pomodoro’s
There are many out there that you can use on your phone or devices. I have tried a few and my personal favorite is Pomotodo.com. The way that this site is set up just worked best for me. Although the main timer aspect is similar among many Pomodoro apps. So test them out and then pick what works for you. Just search Pomodoro or Pomodoro timer on your computer or device and you will be shown tons of options.
Since my main goal, this year is to be more productive and get more done I tried out the basic plan of Pomotodo for a bit and then decided to go pro. It’s about $4 a month and I got a year for $40. There are many things you gain do with the basic plan but I just wanted to show you a little about going pro.
The main things that I get with pro that is a big benefit are the Pomo Goal and the Work Report. I like to get my weekly email so that I can see just how I did that week.
Here is a snapshot of an email report that I receive. It lets me know how me Pomodoros I achieved that week and if I hit my goal. Also if I’m more productive than the week before. I have been for a few weeks so I’m changing my goal to 10 Pomodoros a day. I usually do that many but I hadn’t changed the goal since I began using the app.
I like seeing which days I ended up being really productive and which days I wasn’t. That way I can try to figure out what I’m doing well and what I need to work on. Also when you input what you did for that Pomedoro you can add a hashtag so that it can better sort what you were doing.
My Pomodoros are usually working, reading, blogging and education. Then to better break things up I will put #Pinterest #email or #facebook. These tags let me know what I was working on and focusing on during that time period. As you can see from my Tag Statistics section in the image Pinterest is where I spent most of my working blocks that week.
I don’t tag every Pomodoro entry. I often forget to use a tag. Or I am doing a lot of things and not as focused as I should be and there isn’t one tag that would really work for what I have done. This is where I need to improve with using the Pomodoro method. The purpose of the 25-minute blocks of time is to focus your attention on one task. So that you can make better progress on it.
I still struggle with wanting to multitask and do ten things at once instead of focusing on one thing. I am still much more focused than I was in the past and am committed to using the Pomedoro Technique to get more done in my day. Which means making the commiment to use my tags more and only having one thing I’m working on in each time block.
2. Make a daily to-do list
Another factor in me getting more done and accomplished is making daily to-do lists. I’ve been using Evernote to make my goals for each month and week. Then making a daily to-do list to get those goals accomplished.
I still make my big to-do list with Evernote. On that list, I put all the things I want to get done that day including appointments and errands. Then I use the to do section of the Pomotodo app to put the top two or three blog or business related things I want to get done or work on that day.
That way when I’m using my Pomodoro app I am constantly being reminded of what my main objectives and goals for the day are. I just started using the to do list on the app and I find it to be very helpful.
I hope that this post has helped you realize why using the Pomedoro Technique to get more done will help you. I want to know that it is a simple technique that helps you to use your time more productively so you can accomplish more. So get out there and find an app for your phone, device or computer. I have Pomotodo on everything and that way no matter what I’m using or where I’m at I can keep track of what I’m doing.