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Head of School’s Tip of the Week (January 19, 2018)

If you want to boost your productivity, try the Pomodoro technique. It’s simple, effective, and works for students and adults alike.

Francesco Cirillo developed a simple and effective technique to stop procrastinating and increase his productivity while at university: using his tomato-shaped timer to organise his workload into short, manageable, motivating units, which he nicknamed “pomodori” (Italian for tomatoes). In his book, called “The Pomodoro Technique,” Cirillo suggests the following:

  • Divide your work into 25-minute chunks, followed by 5-minute breaks.
  • Use a timer, which will ring when your 25 minutes are up.
  • During those 25 minutes, try to focus completely on your task and avoid ANY interruptions (turn off email, social media, text and phone notifications, ideally).
  • When the 25 minutes are up, set the timer and take a 5-minute break.
  • After you have three or four “pomodori” (depending on how much work you have), give yourself a 15 to 30-minute break to check your email or phone or get a snack.

Using this technique will help you stay organized, focused, and motivated and will reduce stress associated with procrastination.


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