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What is the Pomodoro Technique? Working in Sprints

You have to love Francesco Cirillo’s Pomodoro Technique. It’s the boldness and simplicity of this great little time management tool!

Watching this video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Points*.
(See below for more details)

This video is part of course module number 1.6.2
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 2: Time Management

Relevant videos in the same section as this video include:
– The Power of Habits: Productivity through Effective Working
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– Failure of Multitasking: The Multitasking Myth
– Overcome Overwhelm: Dealing with the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed
– Conquer Procrastination: How to Avoid Putting Things Off
– The Flow State… and How Flow Can Help You Work Effectively
– Time Management with The OATS Principle
– To Do List and 7 Other Lists You Should Use Instead
– Prioritization: Understand Urgent & Important
– Prioritization with the Pareto Principle – the 80-20 Rule
– How to Handle Interruptions and Distractions
– How Does the Autofocus Time Management Method Work?

The Pomodoro Technique takes its name from an Italian tomato.

Francesco Cirillo, used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer as the basis of his method and book (https://geni.us/TtlYw).

The principle is time-boxing – setting aside a fixed time to work on a single task. In the case of Pomodoro, the timer is set to 25 minutes.

During that time, you don’t stop. At the end, an alarm rings.

Pomodoro starts with a list of tasks. You estimate how many pomodoros (25-minute sprints) it will take to complete each. Between each Pomodoro, you take a short break. After four intervals, take a longer break.

Two main reasons why the technique works:
1. 25 minutes is about the right time to maintain high energy focus
2. It reduces distractions and so maintains productive state

The Pomodoro process:
1. Select a task you need to focus on, from your list
2. Set your timer to 25 minutes
3. Work steadily with no distractions, and stop when the timer rings
4. Mark off what you’ve achieved and review what you’ve learned
5. Take a short (3-5 minute) break. Get up and move about
6. Repeat three more times
7. Take a longer break (20-30 minutes) after the fourth interval
8. Repeat through the day

1. Test out the Pomodoro Technique for yourself. Does it work for you? Use it at least 5 times. You can use any timer. (1 MC CPD Point each time)
2. Decide if it works for you. (1 MC CPD Point)

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The Pomodoro Technique: The Life-Changing Time-Management System by Francesco Cirillo – https://geni.us/TtlYw

I’ll be as modest as I can. I’m something of an expert on effective working, personal productivity, & time management, with 4 best-selling books by 3 international publishers:
– The Time Management Pocketbook
– How to Manage Your Time
– Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more

And here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, & time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating

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Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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