The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo is a time management method that reminds me of some of the basic principles behind mindfulness meditation: break things down into smaller more manageable units and focus primarily on one thing for a specific interval of time to develop concentration. It also reminds me of learning strategies I came across from reading Tony Buzan’s books on mind mapping which transformed by experience as a college student.
The basic unit of work in the Pomodoro Technique can be summarized in five steps:
- Choose a task
- Set a timer to twenty-five minutes
- Work on the task until the timer rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
- Take a short break (about five minutes)
- After every four rounds, take a longer break