pomodoro technique

How to motivate your team with the Pomodoro Technique

When you fully focus your mind, you make others attracted to you. ― Toba Beta

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ou probably think there’s just not enough time to do everything in a day. Most of the time, this has proven to be true. Time management is essential in today’s fast-paced world. Accomplishing tasks quickly but efficiently is the key to leading a productive life.
 
An agile project management team undoubtedly needs a concrete plan in order to achieve its goals. Is there any task management plan out there that can help your team to succeed? The answer is yes!
 

What is a pomodoro technique? How does it work?
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Photo courtesy of Miha Filej via Flickr, Creative Commons

Pomodoro Technique Defined

The pomodoro technique is helpful when planning to accomplish multiple tasks, every single day. “Pomodoro” refers to each specific task people have set to accomplish within the day. An article in Scrubly cites Francesco Cirillo as the pomodoro father. Cirillo recommends that individuals set a particular pomodoro for 25 minutes. He encouraged professionals and others to take an interval of 5-minute break, after each 25-minute pomodoro has been completed.
 
Contactzilla’s article has named unofficial Apple Weblog editor, Steve Sande and Wall Street Journal writer, Sue Shellenbarger as avid users of the pomodoro system.
 

Relaxation Produces Increased Productivity

 
Relaxing your mind once in a while is the key to driving away distractions. Once your mind has combated distractions, brain sharpness increases. Taking intervals of a 5-minute break in between pomodoros relaxes your team members cognitively. As a result, they’re bound to commit lesser mistakes when they’re at work. Expertly accomplishing tasks brings immeasurable self-fulfillment to teams.
 

Survival Against All Odds
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Photo courtesy of Marsmettnn Tallahassee

As a post in Search Opt Media states, an agile team still works at the parameters of regular number of work hours. Pomodoro tasks are set out for accomplishment in reasonable increment time spans. Because of this, teams feel they can accomplish any task, regardless of its level of difficulty. Your subordinates will be there for you to face any challenge. The “never give up” attitude lets you retain your employees on a long-term basis.
 

Strict Timing Produces Quicker Outputs

 
Instant but efficient outputs make your clients stick it out with your team. Clients keep the business and work going. Complying with a strict timing of 25 minutes per task avoids procrastination. Subordinates keep in mind lax on working faster will only get them into trouble.


Quick to Achieve Long-term Goal

 
You accomplish a long-term goal faster by applying the pomodoro technique. Writing an eBook is a perfect example. Invest a 25-minute per batch of draft chapters for the team to work on. Ideally, let your subordinates work on the draft of 2 chapters per 25 minute time span. Don’t be surprised if your team successfully completes an entire e-book’s draft in 3 weeks, or maybe, even less!
 

Creative Ideas Come During Breaks

 
Your people can’t resist giving themselves a pat on the back after coming up with creative ideas. Let your subordinates rest during pomodoro’s 5-minute breaks. When your subordinates are relaxed, they’re better able to come up with professional creative ideas for the entire team.
 

Organized Tasks for a Smooth Working Experience
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Photo courtesy of Jussi Linkola via Flickr, Creative Commons

When your pomodoros are thoroughly organized, chaos in the work environment is avoided. Without chaos, you get to create a desirable working environment for your team. Likewise, the absence of chaos unites professionals to work harmoniously together.
 

Inspirations from Effective Decision-Making

 
Knowing that you’ve done the right thing makes you feel confident about yourself. Your team is motivated to work more, if they’re confident about their abilities. Breaking down your tasks into 25-minute intervals lets your people make feasible decisions in relation to each of their tasks.
 

Break Rewards Enlighten

 
Your team will look forward to bearing 25 minutes of work that equals a break reward. Your team is highly going to stay with you if they look forward to working, instead of dreading it.
 
Make the pomodoro technique work for your team. Incremental tasks bring about endless positive results to your organization as a whole.
 
You never know what you’re missing without pomodoros. Get on top of the game. Make it a habit to unleash your team’s productivity with the pomodoro technique.

John Anderson

John Anderson is a Web Developer, Creative Content Director and a Commissioned Artist. He is particular in watching web and social media changes and uses. He is interested about various internet trends and enjoys his day job as a cartoonist and commissioned artist. Follow him on Twitter.

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