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How to use Pomodoro technique?

Before getting into the aspects of Pomodoro Technique, let me share a story:- I had set a goal to complete an on-line course. I am required to watch 2 hours of video lectures every week. Moreover, I am supposed to take a weekly quiz which is based on the lectures that I had watched. After self-introspection, I found that I get distracted easily and have a habit of procrastinating things. As a result of which, I have a huge list of things to be completed at the end of the week. This makes me restless, stressful, and unproductive. 

To solve this problem and put things in order, I came across a technique which is used by millions of people around the world. This technique allows us to focus at things without any distractions. Without much ado, lets explore what Pomodoro Technique will do for us.

This time management technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique focuses on breaking our work into 25 minute sessions, after which, we take a break for 5 minutes. One 25 minutes session is a one Pomodoro. After four Pomodoro sessions, we take a large break for 25-30 minutes.

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Steps involved in Pomodoro Technique:

Firstly, we create a list of things to be done in a day (To-do list). Secondly, we take a timer and set it for 25 minutes. Thirdly, we will stay away from all distractions during the Pomodoro sessions. After a Pomodoro sessions, we take a small break for 5 minutes. This is based on the idea that frequent breaks ameliorate our concentration and mental agility. 

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Trivia: Cirillo named this technique as "Pomodoro" because of the tomato shaped kitchen timer used by him.

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