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Productivity Holy Grail: the pomodoro method


It doesn’t matter what field of work you are in – productivity is something we all long for, but for which we don’t always know the best method (I’m not claiming this is the absolute best but, so far, it’s pretty close). And watching 3 hours of productivity videos, on YouTube, is not an option.

So, what is pomodoro? It’s a method which was used and then patented by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Francesco used a kitchen timer (which had the shape of a tomato – hence the name “pomodoro”) to hold himself accountable for the work he was doing in college.

The rules are simple: you set a timer for 25 minutes, during which you focus only on the task at hand – no distractions allowed. After the 25 minutes are up, you take a break for 5 minutes (stretch your legs, drink some water, go to the bathroom), and then you get back to work for another 25 minutes, and so on. Every 4 full cycles (a.k.a. every 2 hours), you take a 15 minutes break.

This helps a lot if you have a lot of work to do and you find yourself procrastinating and postponing everything until the last minute.

Also, if you are worried that there will be things running around your head, keeping you from properly focusing, worry no more: this method also includes the “distractions notebook” technique.

How does this work? You take a pen and a piece of paper, or a notebook, to keep by your side. Whenever there is something distracting you, or you remember something important but not urgent, you write it down. This way you make sure you’ll remember that piece of information, but you will deal with it when the current task is finished.

This method is a Holy Grail, especially at work, when I feel swamped and crowded. It keeps my head clear, and my productivity skyrockets. Seriously, my boss noticed, too :))


We all have 24 hours in a day, and we need to learn how to make the most of them.


Nu conteaza in ce domeniu lucrezi – productivitatea e un lucru la care multi tanjim, dar pentru care nu stim tot timpul cea mai buna metoda (nu pretind ca aceasta e absolut cea ma buna dar, cel putin pana acum, se apropie cel mai mult). Iar pierdutul a 3 ore pe YouTube, uitandu-te la videoclipuri despre productivitate, nu este o optiune.

Deci, ce este pomodoro? Este metoda folosita si brevetata de Francesco Cirillo la sfarsitul anilor 1980. Francesco folosea un cronometru de bucatarie (care avea forma unei rosii – de aici si numele “pomodoro”) ca sa poata tine cont de munca depusa la facultate.

Regulile sunt simple: setezi un cronometru pentru 25 de minute, timp in care te concentrezi doar la task-ul pe care il ai in fata – fara nicio intrerupere. Dupa ce au expirat cele 25 de minute, iei o pauza de 5 minute (te destinzi, bei niste apa, te duci la baie), si apoi te intorci la munca, pentru alte 35 de minute, si asa mai departe. La fiecare 4 cicluri complete (adica la fiecare 2 ore), iei o pauza de 15 minute.

Metoda aceasta ajuta foarte mult cand ai mult de munca si te trezesti ca tot amani si amani, pana in ultimul moment.

Ba mai mult, daca iti faci griji ca iti vor zbura chestii prin cap, si te vor impiedica din a te concentra cum trebuie, grijile tale s-au terminat: aceasta tehnica include si metoda “caietelul cu intreruperi”.

Cum functioneaza? Iei un pix si o foaie de hartie, sau un caiet, sa le ai langa tine. De cate ori apare ceva si te distrage, sau iti aduci aminte de ceva important, dar nu urgent, scrii pe hartie. Asa te asiguri ca iti vei aminti informatia, dar te vei ocupa de ea atunci cand termini ce ai de facut.

Metoda asta e un adevarat Sfant Graal, mai ales la munca, atunci cand sunt ocupata si aglomerata. Imi mentine capul limpede, iar productivitatea ajunge pana la cer. Serios, pana si seful meu a observat :))


Cu totii avem tot 24 de ore intr-o zi, si trebuie sa invatam cum se profitam la maximum de ele.

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