What’s the Pomodoro technique? And how to review your data using Minute7?

Created by Camila Mirabal on November 29, 2021

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Howdy, 

As I’ve mentioned before, Minute7 is not a productivity app. But having access to data that shows you how you work and take breaks can help you improve it as a positive side effect. 

I spend way more time than I’d like to admit checking my phone. It’s my way of connecting with others while working, resting, or eating. 

But I noticed that it had become a habit. Even when I knew I had nothing new to check, I’d still grab my phone to see if someone had texted me. And it didn’t matter if I had gotten a text or not. I’d still end up unlocking it and checking a random social media for ten minutes or more. Many times a day.

So if you’re anything like me, you know those distractions can truly affect productivity. Here’s what I did to fix it.

For starters, I needed to be far away from my phone (your distractor can be anything else, but make sure you put ir far away). I started leaving it in another room and started using the Pomodoro technique. 

What’s the Pomodoro technique?

Is a productivity technique created by Francesco Cirillo as a way of finding a more efficient way of working and studying. 

The idea is to use a timer and work on twenty five minute long intervals and take short breaks in between. Each interval is called a “Pomodoro.”

The breaks can last from five to fifteen minutes. 

How to start using this technique? 

How to use Minute7 to keep track of pomodoros?

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How to stay motivated?

Don't expect yourself to be perfect right away. You might need a few days or weeks to get the hang of this, and it's okay if you cannot follow the technique to the tea. You'll get there. 

Make sure you’re methodic in the starting and stopping the timer, that’s what will help you review your data properly. 

This technique is a way of gamifying the way you work, and if you’re competitive like me, you’ll end up wanting to beat your own personal record. 

Let me know how it goes if you test it out!