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Work hack #31: Pomodoro Technique *Revival

In light of the special challenges that parents, in particular, are currently facing, a classic among the work hacks is experiencing a real revival. And no, it is not the time-out. It’s the Pomodoro Technique. With this technique work intervals and break times are precisely timed:

  • One work unit = 25 minutes
  • After every work unit: a short 5-minute break 
  • After 4 work units: a long 30-minute break

Depending on the family constellation and the endurance of the kids, the units can also be slightly longer. It is important that the method provides a framework for dividing larger to-dos into manageable chunks that are also feasible under less than ideal working conditions. And with the help of an egg timer (which, by the way, was a tomato when the method was invented, hence the name “Pomodoro” – Italian for tomato), even the little ones can understand how long they aren’t allowed to disturb mom or dad and when it is time for the next reading, craft or cuddling session.

Work hacks?

Work Hacks are simple, yet original, methods that can be implemented quickly and directly. They improve collaboration and results in the work context.

In this series we will introduce tried and tested Work Hacks that will effectively improve collaboration.