Work Smarter: The Pomodoro Technique

I have now received some feedback from my first newsletter that thought I would share. The best news is that my readers resonated with the idea of increasing professional efficiency. Who doesn’t want to be more efficient?

Starting a law firm regularly requires juggling multiple obligations and tasks at a time, and includes everything from handling mundane business tasks, connecting with potential clients, and defending people in criminal courts all over Seattle. So techniques that keep me focused are vital to my practice.

Reader and all around awesome person, Sasha Fruchter, suggested an excellent (and free) tool that I think everyone can adopt into their work day. It is called the Pomodoro technique created by a Francesco Cirillo.

“The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the Italian word for tomato, named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.

There are six steps in the original technique:

1.    Decide on the task to be done.

2.    Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).

3.    Work on the task.

4.    End work when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.

5.    If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.

6.    After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.”

Want to try for yourself? Click here for your own free Pomodoro Timer.

I think this technique is an excellent way of staying focused on your daily goals. Let me know if you find it helpful. Thanks, Sasha for the tip!


7.1Andre Dayani