One of the best time management systems around features a tomato - in under a half hour it can transform how you focus and use your time.
In the late 1980s, Francesco Cirillo was a frustrated university student. Cirillo couldn’t focus, and would succumb to distractions whenever he tried to study. He knew he had to do something. So he gave himself a challenge – study for 10 minutes without any interruptions.
Cirillo set his kitchen timer, which happened to be in the shape of a tomato. He got through 10 minutes, and then another 10 minutes, gradually expanding the length of uninterrupted time up to 25 minutes. He stuck with his new approach, finding it quickly improved his studying, his focus and ultimately his grades.
And so the Pomodoro Technique® was born (Pomodoro is Italian for tomato). It is now used the world over by formerly frustrated students, corporate executives, writers, artists, and people of all types who need to focus and get stuff done.
How a Tomato Improves Your Focus
Using the Pomodoro Technique is very simple. The steps developed by Cirillo are:
1. Decide on the task to be completed.
2. Set your timer for 25 minutes. Each 25-minute period is a “Pomodoro.”
3. Work on the task for the full 25 minutes, without interruption, until the timer goes off.
4. Put one check mark next to the item on your to-do list, signifying you have completed one Pomodoro.