As someone who has a lot of work to complete under a short time span, it is sometimes really difficult to find the motivation to complete my work.

Recently I tried the Pomodoro technique, and here are my thoughts on it.

So what is the Pomodoro technique?

The Pomodoro technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. It breaks down work into 25 minute intervals, with 5 minute short breaks in between. After every 4 25-minute intervals, take a long 15 minute interval.

There are many sites and applications that have Pomodoro timers, but the one I am currently using is Tomato Timers. I love its user interface, and the calming bell sound I get at the end of every 25 minute interval.

Using the Pomodoro technique, I found myself feeling more motivated to complete my tasks. I worked with it through about 4 or 5 hours, and completed almost all of my documentations that is due this week.

I find it to be more useful for monotonous work, the kind which you would really dread to do but have to do.

But for more creative endeavours, like writing a report, I would not recommend the usage of the Pomodoro technique. Who knows, one day you may get the inspiration when the bell rings signalling the end of an interval. There's no way you can segment creative tasks into 25 minute intervals. It just has to be continuous, there's no stopping this creative flow of ideas.

Ultimately, I was still impressed with my work output today. Although I have some more reports to complete, I will have more time to work on them now that the monotonous documentations are out of the way. Awesome!

P.S. This post was created in a one pomodoro (25 minutes). Great!