The Pomodoro Technique - A powerful way to beat procrastination
The Pomodoro technique is widely recognized to be one of the best time management tools of all times.

I have been using it for a decade now and most of my workdays are “Pomodoro Days”. It’s personally my favourite productivity method.

Pomodoro is the Italian word for a tomato. It was invented by the entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. He used a tomato-shaped timer to monitor his work as a university student and he named the system after it. 

The technique is based on a simple principle; when you have any large task, all you need to do is to break it down into short, timed intervals referred to as “pomodoros”, then have short breaks in between. Basically, with this technique, you use a timer to help you break down your work into 25 minute intervals. 

How you can get started

- Choose a task to work on and commit to it mentally.
- Get a kitchen timer or use your phone timer and set it for 25 minutes. When the first seconds start counting, begin to work right away.
- Work on your task consistently without distraction until the timer rings. During this period, you are not allowed to switch to any other task except the one you selected to work on. If you get any idea or think about something you must do, write it down in a notepad you keep next to you and go back to your task right away.
- When the timer goes off, stop working and take a five-minute break.
- Congratulations! You’ve just completed one Pomodoro. Repeat the above steps until you have completed 4 pomodoros (2 hours), after which you now allow yourself to take a longer break of 30 minutes. 
- Use this break to relax your brain before your next session. Ideally, engage in activities away from your computer screen and your phone. Taking a walk, meditating, and talking to a friend are good examples.
- When the break is up, you should get back to work immediately and start your next Pomodoro. 

The number of pomodoros you can do in a day varies. Some can do more than twelve while others can manage less depending on their focus level, discipline or other commitments they have, such as client consultations. It can also be fun to challenge yourself by starting small and working towards improving the number of pomodoros you typically achieve in your day.

By tracking your pomodoros, you are able to monitor how you spend your time every day and find out your real productivity and progress. Numbers don't lie ! 

You also gain more awareness on the distractions in your life. The pomodoro technique is an excellent method to train your focus and get real work done. This is why as a consultant, I enjoy it and highly recommend it.

- Safaa

Safaa El Asraoui

Safaa is a Digital Marketing Consultant that helps coaches and therapists build successful practices, using online methods. She is an expert at growing their clients base by implementing business fundamentals, such as marketing & sales strategies and putting some key technology in place. 
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