- Decide on the task to be done.
- Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes)
- Work on the task until the timer rings. If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
- After the timer rings, put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
- If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 1.
- Else (i.e. after four pomodoros) take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step
The timer is very significant it is like the starters gun and the ticking can provide momentum. Recording your pomodoros can be effective to calculate how long tasks take and how often you are distracted.
I am certainly going to invest in the tomato and mentally I will engage with the pomodoro…wish me luck!
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