How I Stay Focused Using The Pomodoro Technique
About a couple of weeks ago, I read an article on Medium where the author suggested that in a few years to come, attention will become the most valuable currency on the internet. I’m afraid to say he’s a few years late.
With the advent of the creator economy, aided by user experience (UX), features like infinite scroll, digital tracking technologies and easily accessible monetization tools, we are swimming in a big pool of content with a limited attention span.
In recent times, surfing the web is like taking a dive in the ocean with no equipment.
So if you have realized, trying to do something productive on the phone or laptop is so hard without getting distracted by notifications and temptations to check social media apps like Youtube, Twitter, TikTok, etc.
I for one, do have a habit of constantly checking my Twitter in the middle of work. A habit that has been difficult to break.
This means that as the web evolves, our attention spans will continually be squeezed which will eventually have a negative effect on our productivity.
As someone who works with a laptop, I was not happy with the sporadic nature of my work ethic. So I sought to work on my focus and increase productivity. I had stumbled upon the Pomodoro Technique some time ago but I didn’t realize its importance to productivity until recently.
The Pomodoro Technique was created by Francesco Cirillo for a more productive way to work and study. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a Pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato’, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
One beautiful thing about this productivity technique is that it makes me feel like 25 minutes is not a long time, so I put in all my focus knowing that I would get a 5-minute break soon to check social media or read the news. Before I realize it, I have finished the task at hand in a few pomodoros.
Basically, I still get work done while still slacking every 25 minutes as part of my break schedule.
I believe this method is very efficient, especially for people with minimal attention span who can’t focus for long. After every three pomodoros, you get a long 15-minute break to recharge your batteries.
Another benefit of this technique is that it gets addictive very quickly. Once I get done with a Pomodoro, I get tempted to start the next by skipping the break. However, I will not advise that people skip the breaks but it's not that bad to get addicted to a productivity hack right?
If I could take an educated guess, I would say the technique has increased my focus by about 70%. Now I barely procrastinate as I am able to complete my daily tasks in a few pomodoros. I strongly recommended everyone to start tracking their daily productivity in pomodoros, as it gives a sense of what your time actually went into.
Now, there are a few ways you can do pomodoros; you can either track the time yourself with a stopwatch or you can try the many Pomodoro apps out there. I prefer the Pomofocus app because I can sign in with my email and track my time with the inbuilt timer.
This is my first productivity-related post and I hope you enjoyed reading every bit of it. I shall be sharing more productivity tips as I learn about what works and doesn’t work.
I wish you a productive day. May the Lord bless you.