How to increase your productivity

11 September 2019 by Rachel Whalley
Productivity Workplace Problem Solving

More often than not it feels like our days get away from us - you get it, head down and before you know it it’s home time! But how much of that every growing todo list do you actually get done? People are beginning to turn to various other techniques & tips to help improve their productivity, so here’s one of the most favored ones around at the moment - the Pomodoro Technique. 

If you are thinking, what is this technique and why is it named after a tomato? We can help. Quite simply, the Pomodoro technique is a time management theory that encourages you to break your workday into 25 minute chunks with a 5 minute break between each segment. To help you track this time, and stick to it, you use an old-style timer (like the kitchen tomato timers the technique is named after!) - or an app on your phone that does the same thing!

The idea is that within these 25 minutes you are focused, and motivated by the time urgency instilled by the timer. It’s designed to stop you feeling like you have all day to do your priorities, then squashing everything into your last hour of work! It is very easy to spend hours upon hours in front of your computer screen without realizing, using this technique it helps remind you to take a breather and helps cure that burn out you can feel at the end of your day.

So does it actually work? Many people are skeptical about the impact this can have on your productivity - but it does work! To start with it will feel odd, and a bit excessive. Once you’ve stuck to it for a couple of days you should start to reap the benefits!

If you are interested in trying this for yourself, head over to the official website (here) or try downloading one of the many Pomodoro apps & let us know if it helped with your productivity!

Read more:

Life Hacker, How to Make the Pomodoro Technique Even More Effective

Forbes, The Pomodoro Technique: A Tomato Timer That Could Save Your Back And Brain

The Muse, Take it From Someone Who Hates Productivity Hacks—the Pomodoro Technique Actually Works