Pomodoro Technique: Will it Help me Against Procrastination?
Who does not procrastinate?
Instead of doing something that we need to do, we found ourselves browsing in Google, checking Facebook, watching YouTube videos or visiting our Netflix account.
Every time I procrastinate, here are the common lines that I would promise to myself and break it:
- “I’ll just take a look”
- “swear, just 1 episode”
- “Just 5 minutes and I’ll stop”
- “This will be the last, I swear”
My Common Scenarios During Procastination
Here are some common scenarios whenever I procrastinate:
Scenario 1: Online Shopping Site
I was browsing in google and when I visited a page about my research topic, I noticed an ad about a product that I checked last time.
The product is now on sale!!! 😀
So… I clicked the ad and it redirected me to the shopping site.
I then noticed that 30 minutes had already passed and I am still on the shopping site. 🙁
Scenario 2: Social Media
My eyes got tired of looking at the excel data that I am analyzing and grabbed my phone quickly.
My hands has its own routine of opening Facebook… 😀
I promised to myself that it will just be quick until I realized that I already checked a lot of Facebook pages and responded to some posts in Facebook groups.
I even checked my Instagram account after browsing Facebook.
Time spent: more than half an hour. 🙂
Scenario 3: YouTube Videos
I need to check a video in YouTube and the channel I am subscribed on uploaded another video.
I watched it and checked other new videos as well.
I even browsed through the comments section of the videos I checked.
Scenario 4: Netflix
I subscribed to Netflix.
With its free trial, I decided to take advantage of it.
But since there was a lot to check, it took some of my time doing the tasks I really need to do.
Are you able to relate to some of these?
This led me to realize that I really need to do something about it.
This has to stop.
So I searched online for a solution.
Unfortunately, it made me realize that I cannot eliminate it all, maybe in my case. 🙁
But I found a technique where you can be productive yet also be able to do those “time wasters” during your designated free time or break.
It’s called the Pomodoro Technique.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
According to Wikipedia:
Pomodoro technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.
These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
The technique has been widely popularized by dozens of apps and websites providing timers and instructions.
If I will give it my own definition:
Pomodoro technique is a guide on how I can spend my 25 minutes wisely and reward myself with a break. Pomodoro is a simple process that anyone can follow and make it a habit.
What is also good about Pomodoro is that it frees me from back pain as sitting for long is also not good for one’s health.
For break intervals, always do something else away from your desk or computer.
Go out or take a quick restroom break.
You can also grab a cup of coffee or drink.
Will it work for you? Maybe yes, maybe not.
It will be best if you try it for yourself.
I could say that it worked for me since I am now more productive while also looking forward to breaks.
It also trained me to finish tasks in smaller chunks.
Add all the small tasks and you will realize that you were able to accomplish more than usual.
It can also help you not to be overwhelmed with huge project.
Using a Pomodoro Technique timer tool can really help you in implementing this productivity technique.
You can use this online tool that I found: Tomato Timer
Can you always rely on the Pomodoro Technique?
In my experience, there are times that using the technique is not ideal.
I do not use it when I am multi-tasking.
Also, if you are working on a task that requires extreme focus that you cannot afford any form of interruption as it can affect the outcome of your task, I do not recommend using it.
For example, I do not use this technique when I am doing some data analysis since having breaks could change your line of thought or conclusion on the given data set.
Of course, I would also recommend you to skip the Pomodoro technique during really urgent tasks where response time is essential.
Try the Pomodoro Technique yourself!
Overall, the Pomodoro Technique really helped me on most of my task.
If you have the same problem as I had, you might want to try and check how you can take advantage of it.
You can also tweak it a little bit depending on your own pace and preference of how productive you want to be.
All the best!