'Pomodoro technique' that is effective for completing long hours of work in a short time

The 'Pomodoro technique ' is to repeatedly perform short intensive work and breaks as a set, and always concentrate on work to increase productivity. When entrepreneur Chris Winfield practiced the Pomodoro technique, he said that he was able to reduce his 40-hour work week to 16.7 hours, and has released a practice report.

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The Pomodoro technique is a time management method invented in Italy in the 1980s, in which a large task is divided into 25-minute time units, and a break of about 5 minutes is inserted. In other words, '25 minutes for work → 5 minutes for break' is set as one set to concentrate on work in a short time and improve efficiency.

Winfield, an entrepreneur who worked 60 to 100 hours a week, reconsidered his overly busy life and thought, 'I have to do something about it!' I decided to practice the technique. The Pomodoro technique has a rule of not multitasking other than dividing the task and having a short break. During the 25 minutes of work, concentrate on only one task and eliminate all elements such as email, smartphones, and surfing the internet. By doing only a short time, a break, and a single task, you can concentrate and dramatically increase your work speed.

In practicing the Pomodoro technique, Winfield measures 25 minutes with a kitchen timer and sets the smartphone to airplane mode while working. He also tried to work in a quiet room, put on earplugs, and make the work environment as easy as possible to concentrate.

'25 minutes of work → 5 minutes of break' was set as 1 pomodoro, and at the beginning of the practice, I tried 16 pomodoros in one day, but Winfield was depressed because he could only do 12 pomodoros and could not achieve the goal. It seems that it has ended. After that, I can do a lot of pomodoro when I'm in good shape, but when I'm not in good shape, I can do less pomodoro, and I'm wondering, 'Maybe the pomodoro technique is the worst method in the world?' Become.

Winfield, who couldn't trust the Pomodoro technique, decided to return to the traditional work style of multitasking, but he said he couldn't concentrate, his productivity dropped, and he was stressed. Winfield will try the Pomodoro technique again, but this time he decided to try 40 Pomodoros a week, that is, set the maximum number of Pomodoros per day to 8 Pomodoros.

Forty pomodoros a week means 1000 minutes of work, and in terms of time, theoretically only 16.7 hours a week. Winfield practiced 8 pomodoros just saying, 'There is nothing like this!', But there are times when I can't do 8 pomodoros a day due to good condition, and in such cases I can do 14 pomodoros the next day. I heard that I took it. However, even with this method, the day I completed 14 Pomodoro is really tired, and I don't know if I should practice the Pomodoro technique anymore.

Winfield reconsidered how to approach Pomodoro and decided not to work after leaving the office and tried again. In addition, I tried to reconsider the plan, thinking that there was a problem with the work plan itself, rather than being depressed on the days when I could not complete the work with the specified number of pomodoros. Furthermore, '40 pomodoro in 5 days not including holidays in a week' was changed to '40 pomodoro in a week'. I had to work every day for a week because of the change, but instead of working 8 hours a day, I had 6 pomodoros today and 8 pomodoros tomorrow, depending on Winfield's motivation and tone. By changing the number of pomodoros to be done, Winfield was able to do 40 pomodoros a week without overdoing it, and although he worked for 7 days, the total working time was drastically reduced.

Pomodoro technique, which concentrates on work in a short time, may not be suitable for some people as in Winfield's case. However, if you incorporate the Pomodoro technique into your work base and improve it to suit yourself, the Pomodoro technique that you thought was useless may exert unexpected power. For those who have been studying or working for a long time, it seems good to try the Pomodoro technique.

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