I struggle with procrastination. Like badly.
Sometimes I’m just too tired, or I’m having a hard time focusing… for whatever reason, procrastination always has a way of biting me in the ass. Needless to say, that has had negative impacts on my productivity and workflow.
And I know I’m not alone in this.
We all know time is extremely precious, and it hurts knowing that we’ve let this precious commodity go to waste by procrastination. That’s why today I’m here to share with you an incredibly simple time management trick that I’ve used for a few years now. It has exponentially increased my productivity level, and if you struggle with procrastination, you need this in your life right now.
Enter the pomodoro technique.
What is the pomodoro technique?
This popular time management trick is insanely easy to implement, and will help you fight procrastination and get work done. All you need to get started is a timer.
Set your timer for 25 minutes, and work as much as possible until you run out of time. Then take a 5 minute break. This is one interval. After your break, repeat the interval 3 more times, totaling in 4 intervals. After your fourth interval, allow yourself a 15 minutes break. You can repeat this as many times as possible, as needed.
That’s it! Simple, right?
This method works because it breaks down the duration of your work into short segments. That way you’re not forced to work in marathon sessions. I mean, what sounds better? Working 25 minutes or for hours at a time? I’m going to go with the former, because it’s so much easier to commit to.
There’s also a sense of urgency that comes with working with the 25 minute time limit that helps me focus better. As a procrastinator, one of the main reasons why I put off starting things is because the task seems daunting. When I can’t foresee how long it’s going to take me to finish a project, I end up doing something else. But if I allot myself just 25 minutes to take a crack at something, I feel that jolt of urgency that propels me to focus and get the task done.
And, of course, there are the short breaks in between the sessions that definitely help the work feel more bearable from the get-go.
The pomodoro technique can be applied to numerous situations:
Writing a tedious report
Putting together a long presentation
Cleaning the house
Basically any situation or tasks that require a long time - you can break it down with this method!
I wish I discovered this method earlier, especially when I was still in college (I could have saved countless hours writing essays and reports). Ever since I’ve implemented this method in my work, I’ve been able to accomplish so much more in my day. It’s such an amazing hack, especially for those who struggle with procrastination!!