The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system developed by Francesco Cirillo who based his theory on the normal productive work span of a human being and Francesco’s kitchen timer — which was a large red tomato (pomodoro in Italian).
We have used the system this fall as we have collaborated on our books. It has been especially help over the holidays when time is so stretched. It is so simple:
- Set the timer for 25 minutes.
- Work until the bell goes off.
- Take a five minute break.
Some days I feel like I can’t complete an entire chapter or even a page. When I think about just writing for the next twenty-five minutes, I can do that.
By breaking down our work into manageable chunks we conserve our energy and are more likely to keep working.
At the end of the day when we’re tired and ready to pack up and one of us will say, “Oh, let’s do one more Pomodoro on the third chapter.” We set the timer and keep going.
There are lots of helpful apps that you can use to manage your time with the Pomodoro Technique but the small tomato timers that we found at World Market appealed to our sense of fun.
That little pop of red beside my computer reminds me that I don’t have to make any decisions about the rest of my life right now. I only need to decide how I will spend the next twenty-five minutes.
I can do that!
Be strong and do the work.
1 Chronicles 28:10