Get more productive with a tomato

Get more productive with a tomato

'Have you been productive this week?' I had this conversation yesterday with my good friend Nicky from Short And Sweet Bakery UK.

We both agreed it's so easy to get distracted when running a business, especially if you are having an admin day or working alone.

I suggested then maybe using a tomato! Not as silly as it sounds when this is a tomato timer.

This is a famous productivity technique called the Pomodoro Technique invented by a chap called Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The idea works around using a timer and breaking your To Do List for the day into chunks. It works like this:

1. Decide on the task to be done
2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes) then work on the task.
3. End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper. 
4. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.

After four pomodori (plural of pomodoro), take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

The stages of planning, tracking, recording, processing and visualizing are fundamental to the technique.

If you use a Things To Do Today pad (I use a Pukka Pad one) then you can estimate the time needed for each task.

As pomodori are completed,record them in your pad.

The ticking of the timer is a great way to keep your mind focused on the task

Ticking off of the To Do List gives a proper sense of accomplishment, It’s also a good way to measure the length of a tasks which is essential for a business owner when time is measured in £££!

Give it a try and then let me know how you get on.

The 10-20-30 rule when presenting

The 10-20-30 rule when presenting