Working as a creative on various projects and with different clients usually requires you to manage your time well to make it work. Often we can find ourselves with creators-block (we made that term up, but you know what we mean) and it can make our working lives so much harder. Luckily, there are techniques that can help you overcome this!Below is a time management technique that’s used the world over by creatives, scientists and academics that will teach you how to split tasks into easier managed chunks of time that inspire creativity.
Presenting: The Pomodoro Technique
Developed in the 1980’s by Francesco Cirillo and named after a tomato shaped kitchen timer he used as a student (pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato). This time management technique encourages creativity and productivity by splitting up tasks or projects into small manageable time slots that are scattered with short breaks.
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Each Pomodoro session traditionally lasts for 25 minutes and after each one you should take a 3-5 minute break. After 4 Pomodoro sessions you should then take a longer break of 15 – 30 minutes.
The technique is typically split into five simple stages:
- Decide which task you will work on and how many “Pomodoros” you think it will need – this requires some planning and you can make a to do list for the day with each task to get an overview.
- Set the timer for 25 minutes.
- Work exclusively on the task you’ve set until the timer rings then record the Pomodoro session so you can count at the end of the day how many you’ve done.
- Take a short break of 3-5 minutes
- After 4 Pomodoros take a longer break of 15-30 minutes.
Each stage is important since planning and visualising the tasks at hand allows you to estimate the amount of effort required to complete a single task. The recording is crucial too since this gives you a sense of achievement at the end of each task and indeed your day.
Try it out for a day and see how it helps you! Did it increase your productivity? Did it increase the overall result? Where you more creative? Let us know in the comment section!
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