Initial thoughts on the Pomodoro Technique for time management

IMG_5979Trying out the Pomodoro Technique in earnest today and I must say it’s really helping me to not linger on tasks. Basically this method helps you manage your time and increase your productivity by breaking down your periods of work into 25-minute chunks, with 5 minute breaks in-between (longer for lunch if you need it).

I was a marketing project manager for many years before working for myself and I thought myself to be pretty productive, but most people can be productive when their 9 to 5 job turns into a 9 to 7 (or later) job, right? I’m natural list maker, but what this process has taught me is that my great lists, which did include tasks, still needed to be broken down into smaller tasks. And with the Pomodoro Technique, it ideally needs to fit within 25 minutes.

My first task of the day was to set my tasks for the rest of the day to ensure I wouldn’t fumble from task to task. It has also helped to break down the tasks that really can be accomplished in 25 minutes. I can’t edit an entire video in 25 minutes, but I can storyboard the basic scenes which saves time later. That’s progress!!

I first heard of this specific method (called by this name) during the recent Right Brain Video Summitt when mentioned by guest speaker Charlie Gilkey (along with so many additional productivity tips). Charlie, from Productive Flourishing, was an extremely encouraging and inspirational speaker and he’s all about teaching how to implement systems to improve productivity and keep you inspired and moving forward. I’ll definitely set aside a few minutes each week to review his site.

Already I can see the difference in productivity today. I’ve been doing it with my iPhone using the simple timer function that comes with the clock. If you want something that allows you to enter a task list, there are a ton of apps on the iOS App Store, just search for “Pomodoro.” For me I use my phone for so much other stuff, I can see now that I’ll need to change that moving forward.

Well, time’s up! Moving on to the next task–storyboarding that video I’m working on.

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