Pomodoro Technique And Results Curve: The Importance of Break Periods

The Pomordo Technique and Results Curve are two very different time management techniques, but have amazing results for those who wish to better organize their day. pomodoro technique app

The Pomordo Technique, created by Francesco Cirillo in 1992, is my favorite out of the two and used by professionals around the world. It consists of making a daily list of all the activities you need to complete during the course of an average day, placing small 3-5 minute breaks between each one until you get to the last task, forth which you would take a longer 15-30 minute break.

An individual following the Pomordo Technique is advised to time each activity they perform on the list; with the recorded times, you should be able to recreate a list in the future that is more time efficient. Just remember to plan small breaks in between each task so that you may approach the next refreshed.

The Results Curve is a totally different technique and does not mention the creation of task lists per se, but advises one to work on a task for 40 minutes, rather than randomly breaking away from a task over and over.

The Results Curve was created by Pierre Kawand. He states that you have two zones: The accomplishment zone and collaboration zone. As stated above, he advises one to plan 40 minute “segments,” with 15, 25, or 30 minute breaks between activities. Kawand’s results show that after 30 minutes, you should be ready to tackle the next 40 minute block.

Unlike the Pomordo Technique, Pierre Kawand’s Results Curve tells us to create little micro lists as need be. With this and our 15-30 minute break period, we should be able to enter the first 10 minutes of an activity with maximum, focused effort.

Use a timer: Kawand states that with a timer you won’t feel the need to waste time continually looking around at a clock, or focusing your time on maintaining your 40 minute intervals yourself; let the timer do it.

Disable “external disruptions,” he continues. There is no need to take away from your task by interruptions from personal cell phone calls or texts. After all, before that advent of mobile devices and personal e-mail, you had to go to a break room, or ask your boss to use a phone for personal reasons.

He ends with, “follow focused time with collaborative time,” which in laymen terms means: When you are done with your task, catch up on e-mails, text messages, phone calls, and conversations with co-workers. It is only 40 minutes.

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