Having trouble getting things done for your side business?
Most of us do, at least sometimes.
It can be hard to motivate yourself to sit down and actually try to make progress, especially when the task seems too big or overwhelming.
But what if there were one simple tool you could use to make things happen?
For many entrepreneurs, the Pomodoro Method has been the “secret sauce” for productivity. This simple method uses a 25 minute timer, with breaks interspersed in between.
By breaking up tasks into manageable chunks of time, you can get more done than ever before.
In a post from Viperchill, Glenn Allsop explains in detail how you can make the Pomodoro Method work for you.
If you’ve followed any kind of productivity guide online in the past then you may already know about this way of working in 25-minute time blocks.
Between each you take a five-minute break, and then work for another 25 minutes.
Generally, Pomodoros happen in ‘rounds’ so you’ll do four of them in a row – not forgetting the five minute break between each – then give yourself a much longer break after the round. I don’t really follow this method at all – I’ll share my own version in a minute – but I don’t think I would be where I am today without the Pomodoro Method. Telling myself to work for “just 25 minutes” is far easier than sitting down and thinking “I have to write a blog post now.”
Millions have found the same to be true for them as well.
As I’m writing this very sentence, the seconds are ticking down on the Pomodoro app on my phone. When a ‘Pom’ is underway, I will not succumb to any distractions.
I won’t answer any calls.
I won’t check another tab in Chrome “just for a second”.
I won’t look at any Tinder notifications my phone might throw out.
In the rare case there is something I really need to check – like someone who never calls has phoned me four times – then I’ll simply hit pause on the Pomodoro app I use (though this is very rare).
Simple, yet effective, the Pomodoro technique is something you can start using today. There are tons of web apps, Android apps, and iOS apps that offer Pomodoro timers, from super simple to impressively feature-rich.
You can learn more about the Pomodoro method over at ViperChill, including how you could use this tool as a niche idea for your next project.