5 Simple Tips To Become The Most Productive Person You Know

Become The Most Productive Person You Know
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Be more productive all day at work with this simple technique. Working in a busy office with a hundred and one things to do I used to pine for a twenty fifth hour in the day. One or two tasks from everyday’s ‘to do’ list would consistently be bumped onto the next, and the next, and the next. It became a never ending cycle that I needed to break.

Coming around to the inevitable truth that a genie probably wasn’t going to come and grant my wish for an extra hour, I decided to go in search of a way to make better use of the time I did have. Surely there was a way I could get everything done. After a lot of trawling the internet (and a little YouTubing of cats) I came across a technique that I found super easy, and super effective. The ‘Pomodoro Technique’.

The technique was invented by a chap named Francesco Cirillo, and named ‘Pomodoro’ after the tomato shaped cooking timer he used during his university studies. It works by breaking up your time into 25 minute, easy to digest and wonderfully efficient chunks. And then you get to take a break. That’s it! Simple.

We’ve all been in that dreaded 30-minutes-until-the-deadline-panic-mode, and time after time you manage to pull it out of the bag, right? Perhaps it’s the adrenaline kicking in, your fight or flight instinct or some chemical reaction in your brain that’s spurring you on. Well, this technique uses whatever it is that gets you going and makes you more productive throughout the day, not just in those final minutes.

Here’s how to put it into action with five easy steps:

1. Decide on your task

2. Set your ‘Pomodoro’ or timer to go off in 25 minutes

3. Concentrate on your task and only that until the alarm sounds

4. Take a 5 minute break

5. Repeat

After 4 Pomodoro’s or approximately 100 minutes you should take a longer break of around 15-30 minutes to re-charge. You can use Pomodoro’s to structure your whole day or just a few tasks, whatever works best for you. It’s a fantastic technique for procrastinators like me or people who find it hard to concentrate on one task all day. It’s also a great way to create a buzz around your work and give you a little adrenaline hit when you get it done.

There are loads of great apps you can use to help you with this technique, but all you really need is something to count up to 25 minutes and a little will-power. Using the technique not only boosts your productivity daily, but long term can also improve your attention span and concentration. Taking more breaks at work and getting more done, what’s not to love!

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  • Woww, this will work great for me! I’m going to try this now. Very helpfull :)

  • I already knew this technique and it’s indeed really helpful! Especially with studying!

  • Another effective practice I discovered is putting myself on “jail time” until I finish the task at hand. No food, no distractions, no social media, no emails, no phones.

  • Love this technique, great post!

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  • Little breaks always help me with work, keeps your brain going!

    Lauren x
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  • Awesome tips! I’ll definitely keep them in mind, it is always great to be more productive. With love,
    Vera

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  • This is a great technique when you don’t have a boss that doesn’t let you any kind of break… during all day :(

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  • I am loving the idea of time-your-work-and-rest recently. It’s a great way to keep things going. You won’t feel overwhelmed by the long hours, and you won’t spend too much time on one project. Also, it’s always good to write a to-do list to keep track of things!

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  • Great tips!! Yes sometimes it’s difficult to be productive!! The key (for me) is organization of the tasks!! xx

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  • That’s a good idea I’d never heard of! I barely ever procrastinate though!
    Something that helps me a lot is that I wake up early (6am) and at the same time everyday even if I don’t have to go to work and as soon as I wake up, I start doing things off my to do list (which I do the night before). I like to start with the hardest/most boring thing as I’m more awake, less tired and have more energy in the morning. Then as the day progresses the tasks get lighter and easier. I get everything done usually by 11 am and have the rest of the day to relax and maybe even read or catch up on other things that don’t have a deadline but want to get done. Oh, and I leave my phone somewhere where I won’t get distracted (sometimes I turn the wifi/data off). It feels sooo good to calmly check email, respond to Whatsapps or messages after everything is sparkling clean :)

  • This is a fantastic post – thank you so much for sharing. With a very full on full-time job and trying to get a travel blog off the ground – there are definitely too few hours in the day. Definitely going to give this technique a go… Let’s see if I can’t become an organised, productive machine! :)

  • Such an interesting approach! Most of us the time we start our day perfectly, having a lot of stuff planned out only to realize that at the end of the day we only did half of that. And why? Because we’ve procrastinated and wasted a lot of time instead of taking a small break to clear our heads.

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