The Pomodoro Technique

Here at the Relaxing Records office, we constantly have our music playing and feel the ultimate in relaxation – even when we’re in work! But we’re the lucky ones. With one in five people now reporting work related stress and anxiety, and over 11 million working days lost in the UK due to stress – we thought we would try and do our bit to help.

We are creating blogs and vlogs to give you some time management and relaxation techniques, which will hopefully make you feel more in control of your work life, ad of course your personal life too.

Today I’ll explain the Pomodoro Technique, a time management system which was developed in the 1980s with the idea that frequent breaks can improve productivity. Yep – that’s right! The more breaks – the more work you get done.

The Pomodoro Technique helps you to get work done in quick intervals, by dividing tasks up with frequent breaks to allow you to come up for air and get refocused. The technique not only helps you on a day to day basis, but in the long run it will improve your attention span and concentration.

There are five basic steps to implementing this technique, and it can be used for any task that you need to use your brain for.

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Within these five stages, you have planning, tracking, recording, processing and visualising the task – which is incredibly helpful for self observation and improvement. You will also notice that by committing to these stages you will have a real sense of achievement.

The whole aim of the Pomodoro Technique is to provide you with maximum focus and creative freshness, allowing you to complete any task faster with less mental fatigue. At the Relaxing Records office, we have Albert – our office dog. He’s a great excuse to put this technique into practice – and taking him out regularly for a small walk allows us to get that all important fresh air, and a distraction from the to-do list for five minutes!

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So there you have it, The Pomodoro Technique. A life hack that stops you procrastinating by giving you MORE breaks – genius!

Let us know if this time management technique works for you 🙂