1 tomato, 2 tomato, 3 tomato, 4 …

These last couple of weeks have been pretty unproductive for me – a mixture of not being at my desk quite a lot and when I am, just not focussing and getting things done.  So with a full day in the office ahead of me I decided that I needed to find a way to be more focussed and get things ticked off that To Do list.

I have talked before about Covey’s Urgent/Important Matrix as a tool to make sure that the things on your to do list are the right things, but once you have that list you need to work through the items and not let time run away with you or get distracted on other things.

With the concentration span of a gnat, I was interested to hear about the Pomodoro Technique a couple of weeks ago.  In summary, you use a timer to time 25 minutes when you will work in a focussed manner on a particular task.  At the end of the 25 minutes set your timer for 5 minutes and take a break.  Then repeat!

For those you who’s Italian is as good as mine, Pomodoro means Tomato and this technique got its name because the guy who invented it used his kitchen timer which was shaped as a tomato!

Writing this email is 1 Pomodoro and I have a whole day of tomato sessions ahead of me!

If you want to find out more about this technique visit the website and if you want a high-tech tomato timer to keep you on track click here.

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