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Become 200% More Productive With This Secret Technique

Productivity seems to be the latest thing we worry about nowadays. There are plenty of distractions which limits your ability to perform at your best and stops you from achieving a meaningful goal. A student genius developed this technique to learn more as quickly as possible without putting too much pressure on his brain. Since then he has perfected the method, went on to achieve great things in life and now it’s your turn to use this excellent technique to work smarter and get more done without burning yourself out.

What is That Productivity Technique?

The technique is called Pomodoro developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. If you are already a master of this method, then you can skip the rest of the contents and use your time to learn something new. But if you didn’t take Pomodoro seriously or want to learn more about this excellent time management tool, then keep reading.

Pomodoro is an Italian word for tomato. The father of Pomodoro, Francesco Cirillo, figured out the magic number that made him most productive without putting too much pressure on his brain or getting mentally fatigued. And to find that out he used a Kitchen Timer or a Tomato Timer. That’s why Francesco Cirillo named this technique the Pomodoro Technique.

If you look around the web, YouTube and forums, you will find plenty of people who claim that the Pomodoro technique has changed their life, brought them good grades and made them very successful in life. And I can also attest to this claim. God knows how much far behind I would be if it weren’t for Francesco Cirillo’s powerful Pomodoro technique.

Why Use the Pomodoro Technique?

Before I tell you how to apply the technique, let me share why you need to make this method a big part of your life. The primary reason is its ability to bring more focus to your life and get more done without tiring you out. We are not machines, robots or even cyborgs. So, there is always a finite amount of energy available to us. And when you mix distractions, demands from people and other poor habits, you find yourself burning up your fuel, attention or physical energy much sooner than you’d hope for it to end. And the other part is, Pomodoro doesn’t require any technology, software or anything to buy. Although you will find cool Pomodoro Apps everywhere, you don’t need one. The timer on your phone and a piece of paper and a pen are all you need to get started!

The only weakness I could find with the Pomodoro Technique is that initially, you might have trouble building your habit of staying committed to the first few minutes. After you’ve applied the technique in your life for few days, it will become much more natural, and the excitement alone will inspire you to stick to this method.

You might come across few folks saying it’s a simple technique or the time commitment it asks you is not useful, etc. But it’s best to test yourself and see if you like this method or not. It’s true that not all solutions will fit everyone’s lifestyle or meet everyone’s expectation, etc. But I think Pomodoro is one of those techniques that will grab your attention from the getgo.

How Does Pomodoro Work? And What is the Best Way to Apply It

In its essence, Francesco Cirillo found that when you work or do something for 25 minutes and take 5 minutes break, it’s usually enough to keep your mind fresh and 5 minutes is good enough to give your brain some time to process whatever you were working on for the past 25 minutes. You keep repeating this cycle until you’ve hit your fourth break. This time around, instead of taking a 5-minute break, Francesco Cirillo asks you to take 15 minutes break. So, the cycle would look something like this:

Pomodoro Cycle

– Work/Study = 25 Minutes
– Break = 5 Minutes

– Work/Study = 25 Minutes
– Break = 5 Minutes

– Work/Study = 25 Minutes
– Break = 5 Minutes

– Work/Study = 25 Minutes
– Break = 15 Minutes

– Work/Study = 25 Minutes
– Break = 5 Minutes

– Work/Study = 25 Minutes
– Break = 5 Minutes

– Work/Study = 25 Minutes
– Break = 5 Minutes

– Work/Study = 25 Minutes
– Break = 15 Minutes

….

There are some rules you need to follow to make the most out the Pomodoro technique. If you don’t follow the rules, you will be cheating yourself out of your success, luck, fortune and waste your precious time. So, I strongly recommend that you follow the following rules as well.

During your 25 minute blocks, you need to do a couple of things. The first thing you will have to do is to commit yourself to doing only the task you are about to do. That means you are not allowed to talk to anyone, not receive any phone calls, no texting or surfing the net. You need to let them go and block them out from your mind. But during your 5-minute break, you are free to do whatever. The 5-minute break gives your brain some rest and lets it recoup from all the materials you’ve been feeding it to process for the last 25 minutes.

If for any reason you got distracted during a 25-minute block (phone calls, people, surfing random websites, etc.), you need to restart that 25-minute block all over again!

The technique doesn’t just end there. Francesco Cirillo also found that you need to break the 25 minutes into specific chunks. He suggests that you spend the first 5 minutes reviewing what you read or did before. Next, study or do the work for 15 minutes and then spend the last 5 minutes reviewing what you just read and how it connects to what you learned or done before. This constant review, study/work, and recall process improves your understanding, recollection and overall improve the quality of the work and your knowledge.

So, by reviewing your materials and reviewing the new things after you’ve just read something, helps your mind to reinforce that the content is essential to you and the brain/mind tries to store the information in your long-term memory. As a result, you will be surprised to see how much more you recall on a daily basis.

If for some reason you find that 25-minute blocks aren’t working well for you, then you certainly can adjust your time. For instance, Eben Pagan uses something similar. Instead of working for 25 minutes and taking 5 minutes break, he usually works for 50 minutes and takes 10 minutes break. So, don’t feel that you have to be constrained to 25 minutes and 5 minutes break. You can work for 30 minutes and take 7 minutes break if that works better for you.

In case you are still not sure of the Pomodoro technique, you can watch the video below to learn more. There you will see how Pomodoro works and how you can apply it to your life right now.

What other productivity techniques have you been using? Did the Pomodoro Technique make you very successful?

 

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