There is nothing like a deadline to kick you in to line. Whether it is cramming for an exam at university the night before or a report you need to do for your boss which you keep putting off to the last minute, it seems we are experts at procrastination.
BUT we often get the job done. Well that’s what I feel like anyway.
Some of my best work is done when under pressure with a limited amount of time to complete.
That is why I was excited when I came across The Pomodoro Technique the other day..
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. These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English for the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
Now, while this is not ground breaking I love the concept of using the time restraint to help me become more efficient.
I am a list person – I have one every day that I use as a yardstick for my productivity (rightly or wrongly). But sometimes I just start at the top and work my way down. What would it look like if I were to segment my day into 25 min “sprints” of effort to punch out as much as I could in that time period.
I think I will surprise myself
It may not be for everyone but have a try and let me know how you go. You might have to substitute the tomato kitchen timer for your iPhone though