How a timer changed the way I work

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When most people think about work they think about the hours or days they have to commit. Some of us then naturally chunk up our days in small increments of time. This already comes easy to most people. You commit yourself to a goal and you create tasks and execute those tasks to make progress on that goal. This is how I worked for years until I came across the agile principle along with other sets of methodologies. These principles were used in high-demand workplace settings that often required some creative output.

The basic concept of applying and adapting a framework to workflows using timed sprint work improved my output efficiency and boosted my creative production.

History

The Agile methodology is a framework that helps teams work more efficiently and productively. The framework is based on the idea of breaking down work into small tasks that can be completed within a specific timeframe, or “sprint.” This helps to keep team members focused and prevents them from becoming overwhelmed by larger projects.

There are several frameworks similar to agile that can be applied to workflows. One such framework is the Pomodoro Technique, which is based on the idea of breaking down time into 25-minute intervals called “Pomodoro.” During these intervals, team members focus exclusively on one task and then take a five-minute break

These principles were used in high-demand workplace settings that often required some creative output. But up until recently, they were mostly adopted by software development companies.

My agency Adept Creative has been founded on the idea of using these principles to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of creative tasks. Our branding and marketing agency uses, tests, and refines these workflow processes daily.

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

Pomodoro Technique, which is based on the idea of breaking downtime into 25-minute intervals called “Pomodoro.” During these intervals, team members focus exclusively on one task and then take five-minute breaks. This helps to keep team members focused and prevents them from becoming overwhelmed by larger projects.

Some of the benefits of using the Pomodoro Technique include improved focus, increased productivity, and reduced stress levels.

How can the Pomodoro Technique be used to improve efficiency?

The Pomodoro Technique can be used to improve efficiency by breaking downtime into manageable intervals. This helps team members to focus on one task at a time and prevents them from becoming overwhelmed.

How I Use the Pomodoro Technique

I use the Pomodoro Technique when working on creative tasks that require a lot of focus and concentration. I find that breaking down my time into smaller intervals helps me to stay focused and prevents me from getting overwhelmed

Tips for using the Pomodoro Technique

1. Start with a clear goal in mind.

2. Break down the goal into small tasks that can be completed within a specific timeframe.

3. Work on one task at a time and focus exclusively on that task during the Pomodoro interval.

4. Take a five-minute break after each Pomodoro interval.

5. Use a timer to keep track of the Pomodoro intervals.

I have found that using the Pomodoro Technique has helped me to improve my focus and concentration, and has increased my overall productivity. If you are looking for a way to boost your efficiency, I recommend giving the Pomodoro Technique a try.

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