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Pomodoro Technique: One at a time, using Pomodoro Technique in order to get things done.

Pomodoro in Italian means ‘Tomato’. The technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in 1980s. A ‘tomato’ shaped kitchen timer is used to break the task in 25 minutes interval to stay indistractable. Short break of 3 minutes is prescribed on completion of one Pomodoro to stay directed and achieve focus.

Even if you haven’t completed your task on hand, break it down to 25 minutes Pomodoro. Breaking down and taking breaks after 25 minutes is to praise you for accomplishing, not the other way round that you didn’t completed. Have few Pomorados a day and you will be more focused with high achievability. Its the art of getting things done.

One at a time the most priority one gives you accomplishment instead of having many and doing nothing.

Getting competing thoughts out of your head is mandatory if you want to be able to stay focused. Keep it aside by writing it in your urgent but not so important quadrant as said by Steven R. Covey in his best selling book the ‘7 habits of highly effective people’.

The fight between ‘have to’ and ‘want to’ is known as the ‘Terrible two’. When people push work on you, it’s unlikely you’ll enjoy doing it.

In the Pomodoro technique, you select the number of activities in the morning that you believe you can complete during the day.

By actively pulling the activities into your To Do List instead of getting them pushed on you,you increase your personal commitment.



Perfectionism prevents action and pushes one towards procrastination.

Using Pomodoro technique, winding up the clock and putting in 25 minutes of efforts will reward you with being able to do an ‘X’ and then take a break. After the break you can decide to perfect or complete ‘X’ or move on to ‘Y’.

The prospects of getting into the flow are much better when you’re rested, seated and focused, than when you are just hanging around and waiting for inspiration.

When interrupted during a Pomodoro, either the other activity must be recorded and postponed (inform-negotiate-schedule-callback) or the Pomodoro must be abandoned.