The Pomodoro Technique: Is it really worth it?

Hey everyone! Long time no see! It has been a minute since I wrote a post here. I have been super busy trying to tie down my interests in tech. At first I wanted to go the front end route, but my interests are changing. I want to try my hand at UX/UI. If you have any courses are resources for me, let me know. Thanks!

Anyway. Enough about me. This post is about the famous Pomodoro Technique that was started by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. It is a time management technique that he named after the tomato themed kitchen timer he used during school. You basically set a timer for 25 minutes and work during that time. Afterwards you have a quick break, and then set the timer back to 25 minutes for the next task on your to-do list.

Are you someone who could use the Pomodoro Technique in your day to day life? According to this Todist article if you are any of the following the answer is yes:

  • Find little distractions often derail the whole workday
  • Consistently work past the point of optimal productivity
  • Have lots of open-ended work that could take unlimited amounts of time (e.g., studying for an exam, research for a blog post, etc.)
  • Are overly optimistic when it comes to how much you can get done in a day (aren’t we all 🙃)
  • Enjoy gamified goal-setting
  • Really like tomatoes

Even though I love productivity tools, I am usually on the fence about them. I think some productivity tools actually waste time. However I have been using this time management technique for a few days, and it has been helpful. Do I think I will use it all the time? No. I do think on days that I am super busy, this will help me stay on track. I craft, I code, and I do a lot of other things, so this should be helpful to me. What are some productivity and time management tools that you use?

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