January 21

Making the pomodoro process work


This week, I've been learning…
How effective the Pomodoro process really is !

In case you haven't heard of it, the Pomodoro process (that's tomato in italian) has you working on a single task for 25 minutes, then doing something else for 5, repeating that 3 times before taking a longer break, and so on. I think I first came across it 15 years ago.

I tried it but found that I always worked straight through the break! While time boxing a task into blocks of 25 minutes was really helpful, all in all , the results were unremarkable. Until this week, when it all changed.

Quick context here: I've been working with a personal trainer for a few months, and after setting a new deadlifting PB this week, I realised that I needed to keep moving for the rest of the day to avoid being too sore. And that's when I had a brilliant (hey - I'm easily pleased!) idea - set a 25 minute timer on my phone and put it out of reach of my desk, so I'd have to get up.

I set an intention of doing 5 minutes of stretching whenever I got out of the chair, and then repeating the whole process for the rest of the day.

Result? I tore through my planned actions for the day and felt great when I stopped working. Oh, and I did a total of 50 sit-ups and hung from a pull-up bar for 3 minutes, with no back pain the following day.

Conclusion: The Pomodoro process does work. But the timer has to be out of reach.

Try it - and let me know how you get on.


You may also like

How to Benefit from Obstacles.

How to Benefit from Obstacles.

How to get started with journalling

How to get started with journalling

Subscribe to the Making Teams Work newsletter for early access to blog content each month! 

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}