Today, on Mindfulness Monday, we want to introduce a new focus tool: it’s called the Pomodoro Technique.
The Pomodoro technique involves intervals of focused work, followed by short breaks.
It’s also named after a tomato-shaped timer, but we’ll get to that later.
Before we dive into the technique itself, let’s take a look at the science behind it.
Research shows that short breaks greatly improve focus and creativity.
Another famous study conducted on judges showed that taking breaks is essential to critical thinking and preventing decision fatigue.
And finally, this study shows that mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories, and encourage creativity.
In a nutshell, science connects the periodic workflow and combined scheduled breaks of the Pomodoro technique to increased focus, creativity, productivity, and more.
Aside from the scientifically-proven benefits, the Pomodoro Technique does something else important; it tells us when to stop.
A scheduled break allows our brains to really focus in on the task at hand during each “Pomodoro”, and then fully disconnect during break time.
This can greatly reduce stress, allowing us to come to our work with a fresh perspective every time.
Traditionally, the Pomodoro technique does not give you specific instructions during your break.
However, by incorporating a mindfulness practice into the breaks of the Pomodoro technique, you can compound the benefits of both practices.
If you want to learn more about the Pomodoro Technique and how it works, click here for step-by-step instructions.