Have you ever heard about the Pomodoro technique? Have you? Great. In case, you haven’t here’s a quick reminder.
Knowledge base: The Pomodoro technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. It basically breaks down your work time in 25 minutes focused intervals with a 5-minute break after each and a 15 minute or longer break after 4 intervals. Each interval is called a Pomodoro which means tomato in Italian and it is named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer Cirillo used himself.
It has millions of followers and it is a great technique to get more done in less time. By working for 25 minutes with intense focus you’ll get more done than if you work on a task for 2 hours but get interrupted every 5 to 10 minutes.
Besides that, the Pomodoro technique also holds the potential to make you healthier. As I’ve already mentioned we are sitting 9.3 hours on average per day and researchers identified sitting as a silent killer.
By using the 5-minute breaks to stand up and walk a bit, maybe get some fresh air you’ll reduce your sitting time by at least 8% just by taking a 5-minute break. This is not included the longer breaks after 4 Pomodoros and the increased efficiency that will probably lead to less sitting as well.
Taking a break every 25 minutes will also give your eyes a deserved rest. Focusing on your screen for longer periods of time will cause muscle spasms in your eyes and will lead to myopia, according to studies.
Even if you don’t use the Pomodoro technique, there as great software called “Time Out” that will pause your screen for a specific amount of time. You can set the working time and the pause time for yourself.
Take your break and go outside. Look in the distance and get some fresh air.
There are many tools that will help you to try & implement the Pomodoro technique. My favorite one is the Pomodoro timer at tomato.es. You can track your Pomodoros and see how much you’ve done during a week or a month.
Don’t think that 25 minutes isn’t enough time to work, because it is. Dividing your projects into 25-minute units will also make them appear more doable and not so intimidating.
Many people experience and incredible productivity boost by switching to the Pomodoro technique, as well as more free time, because when they work, they focus on their work.
The Pomodoro technique won’t make you healthier by itself, but it can definitely have a very positive impact on your health if you start using your breaks to relax, moving around and not sitting on your desk.
The time that frees up can also be used for other healthy activities.
Steps to take:
- Try the Pomodoro technique with the timer at tomato.es
- Download the Time Out app to schedule your breaks.
- Take your breaks & get healthier.