Pomodoro, tomato, tometo. Sorry, what?
Yep, Pomodoro, after all, is just a super-Mario tomato. And possibly derived by the dollar-shop alarm for sugo (sauce) that came in tomato shapes, sort of like egg=shaped alarms for boiled eggs.
And, although, as an Italian I would argue that Pomodoro session work thanks to the power of Sundays and grandma cooking, that wouldn’t make sense for many. So, what am I talking about, and why?
The Pomodoro Technique
Becoming more and more popular, Pomodoro session are study or work session aimed at beating procrastination. It is composed of 2 main time-areas: a study/work time (the pomodoro), and a frequent but short break. Technically, you’ll combat mental fatigue and renew powerful sources of super-alpha-focus.
I tried it, because I really need tricks to concentrate, and I really like pomodoros (in sauce form). Even though, my breaks appear to be longer than my study periods. Details.
So, it seems like people are really getting s…it done with this technique. The reason might lie in the 4 main benefits floating in the sauce. Gamifying the hard stuff, keeping you on it, removing distraction, superpower levelled awareness.
Why so serious?
Personally, I found the name of the technique quite fun as well, but there is definitely more to it. You can challenge yourself in how much work you want to get done in each work set. You can do it with other people (“Ehy, you want to Pomodoro together over Zoom, mate?). You can think as time as “levels”. Each session going deeper into the work than the previous, but with nice Instagram breaks every now and then.
Grind and Chill!
Chances are, if you know you got a lot of stuff to do, you’ll feel like not doing anything and just roll into yourself with a blanket hoodie and Instagram. But, what if you knew you could just take it 20, 15, or 5 minutes at a time? Or even, just opening a blank page first, and being there for a short period of time. Not extra fun maybe, but surely much less intimidating, right?
That is what the technique does for you, allows you to take seemingly big tasks and shrink them down in many smaller steps. Sounds easier, and it will feel easier.
Do I sometimes use a whole work set just to a) turn the laptop on, b) choose the music, and c) open my work page? Yes. ….Yes. But hey, I get work done after a while, try.
Removing the brain junk for a while
Since you can scroll your feed, answer emails and texts, or check the offer on that cool vape during your 5 (or 25) minutes break, you’ll feel much more compelled to just stick to you task for the 25 (or…?) minutes you are meant to be working or studying.
Super powered brain waves
Or just, good awareness. Practically, even though you might get lost in some form of flow-state, the Pomodoro technique could help you “stay in the moment” while being in your task mentally. It’s not as much as multi-tasking, but some form of psychological magic in which we can be aware of time passing while living it, and working into it. Or maybe not, and I just feel it because I am a weirdo. If you try, let me know.
Don’t Know How to Start?
Well, I am not much of a “linker”, but I am sure that a search on google about “Pomodoro Technique Timer” will bring good app-like results.
Otherwise, what I do is search the same thing on my beloved YouTube.