I’ve tried many different time management techniques at work to help me concentrate. Perhaps it’s the nature of the internet, digital agency life or my own attention span, but sometimes I really struggle to stick to a task. Recently I seem to be settling on the Pomodoro technique as a comfortable solution to this problem.
If you’re unfamiliar with the technique it’s a concentration method that encourages you to work in 25 minute focussed bursts with 5 minutes for other things in between.
This works really well working in digital, as I’m constantly being interrupted by emails, colleagues, social networks, cups of tea and whatever’s going on outside the window at any given moment. 25 minutes is a manageable amount of time that I can hold sacred and protect from distractions. Knowing that I have 5 minutes at the end of the session for all these distractions helps too.
At work we have an unwritten rule that if someone has headphones on they’re concentrating and shouldn’t be disturbed unless it’s important. On top of this I find (like many others) that having music blaring into my ears is good for my concentration anyway.
Traditionally the Pomodoro technique involves a kitchen timer, but that seems a bit corny for me. Having said that, it is important to have a mechanism that is a fixed time limit that isn’t easily changed. So I decided to create 25 minute Spotify playlists. They have been hugely successful in getting me to do work. Curating the playlists is also something fun to do in your 5 minute breaks.
Below are the playlists I’m most proud of:
It’s good to have a range for different moods.
Any recommended tracks?