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get More Done, Faster, with the pomodoro Technique

The simple act of setting a timer while you work is one of the most effective ways to improve your focus, productivity, and work satisfaction.

This effect is no better demonstrated than through a method known as the Pomodoro Technique.

Originally named after a pomodoro-tomato-shaped kitchen timer, the method involves focusing on a task for fixed periods of time separated by breaks.

Using the timer to create a sort of artificial structure around your work improves your ability to stay focused on the task at hand.

Allowing for short breaks (also timed) in between work cycles lets your mind rest and refresh before starting the next session.

Additionally, working on a task for a fixed period encourages clarifying the task. What are you working on right now, and what's for later?

Combining this clarity with a slight sense of urgency is a great motivator for flowing through one task at a time, increasing overall productivity.

A common starting point for the Pomodoro Technique is to work either in blocks of 25 or 45 minutes, with 5-10 minute breaks in between.

But fortunately, the exact timing is not essential to the success of the technique. Feel free to adjust based on preference and the nature of your work.

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