Before my middle schooler went back to school in person this year, the school district asked teachers to conduct virtual classes using the Pomodoro method. This meant each class was only 25 minutes of targeted learning followed by a five-minute break.
At first, I thought it was a ridiculous concept and one in which children would learn next to nothing. I was wrong, and I decided to learn more about why the Pomodoro method works and how it can be applied to my workday.
Adherents to the technique work on tasks for a set period of time without interruption (which means silencing emails, phone ringers and texts) followed by a five- to 10-minute break. The Pomodoro method is said to be able to combat distraction, procrastination and inefficiency. It is best used for one to three hours per day.
Bloomberg Businessweek’s Arianne Cohen recently wrote a series of articles regarding the Pomodoro method and provides six ways to get the most benefit from it:
These past 12 months have been awful in many ways. But the year did allow me to learn new things and expand my ways of thinking, and trying the Pomodoro method has been something that has changed my workday for the better. Perhaps you want to give it a shot, too?