In a world dominated by social media our phones are constantly buzzing with messages and notifications, which may harm our work rate at the office. By constantly switching between our tasks and the smartphone’s screen, we are losing precious time trying to regain our focus.

The Pomodoro technique

If you find yourself in this situation often, you should give the Pomodoro technique a try. This system was created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. The Pomodoro technique is all about working in short time bursts of intense concentration, keeping distractions to a minimum. This is how it works:

1. Define a task
The goal here is to divide your tasks into 25-minute chunks. Maybe each task is small enough to get done in 25 minutes, or maybe you’ll only get part of it done if it is a larger task.

2. Set a 25-minute timer
Use your smartphone or find a physical timer you can set for 25 minutes.

3. Work on the task until the time runs out
This step is the key. Try to avoid distractions and ignore your phone; you will be able to check it afterward. Even if someone is trying to call you, it can probably wait an extra 25 minutes.

4. Check the task as done
Clear the task you defined before, be it on a piece of paper or on your smartphone.

5. Take a short break
Take a break of 5-10 minutes and try to relax (have a cup of coffee, go for a short walk). This allows your brain to rest and recover.

6. After 4 Pomodoros, take a longer break
After 4 completed tasks you can afford a larger break, between 20 and 30 minutes. This will allow you to rest and tackle the next 4 Pomodoros with full strength.

Manage Your Pomodoros in a Friendly Way

As an extra incentive, you can manage your tasks, or Pomodoros, in a fun and interactive way. For example, why not use our BubblesPlannner mobile app? It allows you to quickly create and organize your tasks as bubbles, and even color each bubble the way you like it.

You can divide a large task into small red bubbles, this way each one will be a Pomodoro. Every 25 minutes, just pop a bubble on your screen to check it as done.