The hidden benefits of the pomodoro technique

A deadline is never kind enough to allow you to deliver before the 11th hour.

There is even an adage for that! 'Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion'? That there is Parkinson's law, it means that work contracts to fill the time you make for it.

Sound familiar?

The pomodoro technique is a simple time management methodology that is an equal opponent to this adage. Discover the hidden benefits of the technique and how they will help you to understand;

  • The value of your time.
  • How you can improve the quality and quantity of your work.
  • What you can do better to manage people's expectations, including your own!
  • How exercising your willpower can benefit you.
  • How you can stop fighting the clock.
  • The best way to eliminate burnout.

Now is the time to learn more about what makes the pomodoro technique so effective at helping people to complete high-quality work productively.

Knowing your worth

Your time is valuable, whether you are charging for it or not.

The pomodoro technique allows you to calculate the value of your time, plan your pomodoro sessions accordingly and then work to that plan to deliver a balanced outcome. Don't over deliver wasting time, and don't under-deliver because you didn't give yourself enough time.

The pomodoro technique is especially useful for people working on flat rate projects, to ensure they maintain a profitable hourly rate and equally useful as a method to fit everything into any busy life.

Planning the effort required for a job in pomodoro sessions will help you meet your timeframe and value targets, improving the bottom line and/or work/life balance.

Improving output

The pomodoro technique increases focus immensely when prescribed to correctly.

In turn, this leads to an increase in work turnover and a boost in quality.

Yep, that is right, more work, better quality, all with the same amount of hours in a day.

How is this possible? Simple, the pomdoro technique teaches us to focus. Firstly by prescribing that you pick one task to focus on per pomodoro session. Secondly by motivating you to manage distractions.

Think about all the distractions you have in a day. We will happily abandon what we are working on to answer phone calls, emails or instant messages.

By managing distractions to your advantage, you perform better, and the absolute worst that can happen is you might return a call, email or message 25 minutes later.

Picking up phone while working
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Managing expectations

As you now know, using the pomodoro technique you can more accurately estimate how long it will take you to complete tasks.

The flow on from this is that you can manage expectations better. Not just those of clients, teachers, teams or management but also your own.

You will no longer kid yourself that you will be able to get a 10-hour job done in one day because you know 10 hours equates to 20+ pomodoro sessions and that, with a 5-minute break every 25 minutes and 20-minute break every four sessions, will never fit into your day alongside everything else.

Because you know this, you don't leave it until the last day or you don't tell your boss you can have it done by tomorrow.

Well managed expectations mean no frustration over missed deliveries.

Exercise your willpower

There are so many apps and tools out there that will shut out distractions for you, they will block you from visiting certain websites, they will play you white noise to help you concentrate and so much more.

But what about using your inner energy to work towards achieving your goals. To strengthen your resolve to get more done.

Exercise your will power to achieve focus and concentration. Choose to be productive.

Work with time

There is something unique about the pomodoro technique, something that people don't understand until they have used it. It is actually hard to explain too but here goes.

When you use the pomdoro technique, you lose the feeling you are always fighting against time. There are a few reasons for this;

  1. You become a pro at managing expectations and setting deadlines.
  2. Time is broken into 25-minute chunks, so you tend to focus only on the present pomodoro session.
  3. You feel less stressed because you cannot multi-task nor let interruptions take your attention.

I can't say it better than Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal, "It eased my anxiety over the passing of time and also made me more efficient; refreshed by breaks, for example, I halved the total time required to fact-check a column."

Time on computer screen
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Eliminate burnout

You have reached the end of your day and you are exhausted.

You feel like this every day, and you have no idea how anyone can avoid it. How can they have extra-curricular activities? How do they have energy?

You too can have this. You don't have to reach the end of your day with no capability to even think about having a conversation, let alone actually having a conversation!

The pomodoro technique is effective at keeping you fresh by taking breaks after each session.

Chris Winfield on The Startup on Medium knows what I am talking about, "Taking short, scheduled breaks while working eliminates the 'running on fumes' feeling you get when you push yourself too hard. It's impossible to overwork when you stick to the system."

Simple is best

The pomodoro technique is so simple some people find it laughable.

But as the saying goes, sometimes simple is best.

With many surprising benefits, people never expect the uplift in productivity they experience from the pomodoro technique.

It is an effective way to achieve a balance between quantity and quality, and all you have to do is focus for 25 minutes at a time.

Do you know a friend or coworker who seems to be constantly fighting the clock? Maybe they are feeling defeated after missing one too many deadlines and can't get back on track.

Share this blog post with them. The pomodoro technique could be an undiscovered gateway to their new-found productivity or holiday because they smashed out their work on time!

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