It’s not what you think. While tomatoes offer a great nutrients through lycopene and beta carotene, amazing stuff for heart and skin health, the tomato I’m referring to is actually a timer. A pomodoro timer.
Let’s start from the beginning. Do you struggle with focus, especially on tasks that you don’t really want to do? Especially when working from home …with the kitchen so close, the pile of laundry that needs folding, and the Marvelous Ms. Maisel reruns on Hulu?
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method. To break it down, you choose a task, then set a timer. You perform the task until the timer goes off, then you get to take a break.
The original method says to set the timer for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. For every 4 pomodoros, you get to take a longer break- like a 15 to 30 minute break. During that 25 minute time you focus only on that one task, no checking email or text messages. No walking to check the fridge or grabbing a handful of nuts.
I decided to adjust this to better fit my needs. So I set my timer for 20 minutes. Then take a 10 minute break. During that break time I might catch up on email, or get a snack. Then the timer gets set again and tasks get done.
If you need a little help focusing (like I do), this technique has made a difference for me because it actually works. Give it try and see what happens. Oh, it’s called Pomodoro Technique because the guy who created it had a timer in the shape of a tomato (tomato=pomodoro in Italian). And no, I don’t have the actual tomato timer. I just tell Alexia to set the timer for me 🙂0