We all struggle with time management, given the extreme amount of tasks we are to complete each day our favorite thing to do has been multitasking.
In today’s busy world multitasking has become the number one skill listed on our resumes. I’m here to tell you the ugly truth, multitasking is the worst thing you could do to your productivity.
What did she just say?
Yes, I just said that. Multitasking has been proven to be extremely ineffective in many scientific studies. Our brains are simply unable to effectively or efficiently switch between tasks, causing us to make many mistakes, which take time to fix. It is also shown that we retain much less information when we multitask than when we solely focus on one task at hand.
So next time you find yourself watching Netflix while catching up on work and texting your BFF, think again. Are you actually paying attention to what your friend is telling you? Do you find yourself rewinding the show because you just missed the good part? And do you actually remember anything you read on that page of the book or do you have to re-read it again, and if you’re anything like me, again.
This is classic behavior of serial multitaskers. Yes, it’s an actual thing. We are addicted to multitasking. We feel like we are getting more done when in reality, we are wasting time people.
Luckily, I have a solution for you.
Have you ever wondered, how do all successful people get to achieve so many great things in such a short amount of time?
They’re not special. They just know the right tools to effective time management. And this technique I’m about to share with you is their go-to trick.
Ladies and gentlemen, behold The Pomodoro Technique.
Before you say anything, this is not a pasta sauce, nor is it another Italian Restaurant in town. It is a productivity technique developed by Francesco Cirillo that sounds awfully like something on your grocery list.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
I’ll break it down for you into 5 simple steps.
- Decide on what task you’d like to work on and achieve.
- Set a timer for 25 minutes.
- Work on said task without stopping to do anything else or paying attention to other tasks.
- After 25 minutes is over, take a 3-5 minute break.
- Repeat the process until each task is complete.
- After 4 sessions, it is advised that you take a longer 15-20 minute break.
Sounds simple enough. So why does this technique work and why are so many successful people addicted to this?
The Pomodoro Technique benefits:
- Improved quality as well as quantity of work
- Better focus
- Better time management (go figure)
- More satisfaction as you complete each task
Who should use this technique?
Anyone that is looking to improve the quantity, as well as the quality of their work, should look into utilizing this technique because it can truly change the quality of your work. Whether it is a student who needs to manage their assignments as well as studying, a mom looking to organize their day more, or anyone who would like to manage their work more efficiently.
A personal note on how I myself have used this technique and some inspiration on how it could help you in your daily life.
- Cleaning and chores. Do you know just how much you can get done in 25 minutes? Dishes? Done. Laundry? Put away. Bed? Made. Desk? Tidied up. 25 minutes seems like forever when you are not stopping to scroll on Instagram or watch a funny YouTube video.
- Studying. I have managed to complete each assignment one by one in a matter of an hour by simply eliminating distractions and closing out of my thousand tabs.
- Writing this article. As I am writing this I have a timer set so that I don’t go on to write a whole new article before I finish this one. When inspiration hits you should act on it, however, my inspiration hits every time before I get to finish what I intended to, and that way nothing gets done.
Hopefully, this technique will help some of you, or maybe even one of you achieve the extensive to-do list that you write up each morning.
If you’d like to implement this time management tool into your daily life, I am linking the preset Pomodoro Timer. All you have to do is press START!
Let me know if you have any productivity hacks that could help others out!