Your mind wanders when you’re doing work. You find yourself not completing the things on your to-do list or it takes you three hours to complete a worksheet that should have taken twenty-five minutes.

As much as we like to kid ourselves, we are easily distracted and often do not function at peak efficiency. And while that’s not attainable 24/7, we can try to get better.

The Pomodoro Technique is a method to help you optimize your work and your goals. It’s a simple technique that makes getting things done easier. The technique was first developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. Cirillo used it as a way to break up tasks and make them more digestible.

It works like this:

  1. Figure out what one thing you need to get done.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes – this is one interval or pomodori.
  3. Work until the timer buzzes and record it with an X.
  4. Take a short 5 minute break.
  5. After four intervals, take a longer break (15-30 minutes).

Repeat this process until you have finished your task. It’s simple, elegant and works on a great reward and relax system. Instead of stressing and procrastinating, you can quantify how much work you have to do. It works even better if you set a goal of how many intervals you will do before a task gets done. If you get it done before then, great!

Take a load off your mind and try out The Pomodoro Technique. You’ll find yourself getting things done quicker with a lot more time to goof off.