The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. In a world where distractions are everywhere, this technique is a great way to maintain razor sharp focus throughout the day.
At Deskmate, we take work seriously, but not too serious. The Pomodoro technique is a great way to break up the day into manageable chunks. In this blog we lay out how we approach the day, using Deskmate and the Pomodoro technique in unison. We have based this technique based on an 8 hour working day with a 1 hour lunch and 5 minute breaks.
- In the morning right down your to do list for the day. These can be any tasks you like, but aim for 15 tasks in total.
- Approach your day in 25 + 5 chunks. 25 minutes working, 5 minutes break. Each task should take 25 minutes and at the end of the task, you’ve earned yourself a break.
- Turn off all unnecessary notifications that distract. We personally put my phone on airplane mode then pick up all notifications during the break.
- When the task starts, flip out Deskmate and complete the 25 minutes standing. You should feel more energised when working. When you are finished, take it down and use the break as you wish. You don’t have to stand for every task, but aim for at least half.
- Use breaks wisely. Grab some fresh air, go for a walk, make a call, hydrate!
- Keep a record for how you progress through your tasks and remember, this isn’t fixed so if a task runs over or you finish quickly, that's fine. Just keep the same pace (25 on, 5 off).
- You should find that tasks are completed in a more efficient, timely and organised manor.
- Have fun!
The Pomadoro x Deskmate technique isn’t for everyone, but please do give is a try and let us know how you get on!