18 Tips To Use Pomodoro Technique Effectively. Stay Tuned

N.B. it’s a continue of Discover How To Accelerate Your Certification Preparation With Pomodoro Technique post.

It was inconveniently when I started to use Pomodoro Technique the first time during CCSK exam preparation.

Later I understood that to use Pomodoro Technique effectively I need to adapt it, do some tuning to align it with my preparation process and enhancing the focus attention. Stay tuned.

I knew that should:

  1. Do one task at a time.
  2. Don’t stop.
  3. Focus and refocus.

and that need:

  1. Break all the material to several smaller pieces and remember the resulting structure.
  2. Learn and repeat each part separately. It’s important to make pauses.

Pomodoro Technique perfectly aligns with those principles. But not so easy as I thought.

I’ve started analysis what I’m doing wrong.

Let’s switch to the tips I found good to try

General

  1. As you set your timer, make a commitment to work only on the task at hand.
  2. It was proved that 20-45 min intervals can maximize our attention and brain work only when are mixed with short breaks.
  3. If you are distructed you should reset the current timer and start over again.
  4. Any distraction can wait until the timer is working. Just write down the task to the “Activity Inventory List” quickly and try to finish the ongoing task.
  5. The speed of work is not so important as the speed of goal achievement. To be quick you need to stay focused.
  6. It’s prohibited to stop the timer earlier. If you’ve got some working time back you can do some that was not included in “To Do Today List”.
  7. You shouldn’t use Pomodoro Technique for activities or tasks that are doing in your free time.
  8. Use an app to track your “Activity Inventory” and “To Do Today” lists. I’m doing it in Wunderlist. Will write about it in further posts.
  9. It’s important to listen to your body. If your mind starts to wander or you start to feel tired, don’t push through to the end of the session.
  10. It’s a good idea to make a note of how many Pomodori each scheduled task takes you, so that you can use this for future planning – or to compare productivity levels as time goes on.

Break

  1. 3-5 minutes of break:
    1. gives you the time that is needed to “switch off” from the work,
    2. helps to adopt that was learnt for the last 25 minutes,
    3. gives you a chance to do something helpful to your health,
    4. helps achieve better results in the next 25 minutes intervals.
  2. During the break is not recommended to do any work related stuff. It’s better to relax.
  3. Do not do anything important during the break. Do not take any work-related calls or write important emails. You should include these in your “Activity Inventory List” and devote separate time to solve them.
  4. For maximum benefit, use your breaks to get away from your desk. Move around, take a walk, and get some exercise. The main thing is to switch the brain.
  5. While you take your break, avoid thinking about what you’ve been working on so far. This is your brain’s chance to absorb what you have learned, so don’t do anything that requires too much thought!
  6. Regular short breaks help to keep you focused and energized.  You should do this even if you’re in flow because these breaks are your time to rest and “recharge your batteries”.
  7. The break duration depends on how tired are you feeling.
  8. The long breaks that always exceed 30 minutes put at risk bring down the rhythm between working sets. More important, it may be the alarm that means you need a rest and some free time.

In a nutshell

  1. Pay attention to the breaks, distractions, and your productivity.
  2. Take a tip and try it today. Tomorrow choose other.
  3. Stay focused. Take a rest. Get Ahead.