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The Pomodoro Technique – Now on IQTELL!

How to use the Pomodoro Technique on IQTELL
wrote this on November 11, 2011
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The Pomodoro Technique is an excellent time management method created by Francesco Cirillo to help improve his study habits.  His method can be applied to nearly any task that needs completion and many people are already using IQTELL to track their progress.

It’s easy to get started with the Pomodoro Technique using IQTELL as your task tracking utility.  First, make sure you’re setup to use mobile reminders with IQTELL in your Account Settings.

Next, open your Tasks application in IQTELL.  At the start of each day, make sure that the due date is set for today for tasks you wish to accomplish for the day.  Start with the first task in your list by creating a text message reminder that repeats at a set interval of your choice.  Set your mobile phone to vibrate and have it near your workspace so that you can literally feel when your Pomodoro cycle is complete.

The most important idea of the Pomodoro technique is to complete the task at hand.  The best way to do so is to set your reminders as far apart as you can without losing focus.  I’ve found that, depending on the task, intervals of thirty or forty-five minutes work well, but it is entirely up to you to alter that cycle depending on your own style.

Once your mobile phone vibrates, take a short break for three to five minutes – stretch, refill a drink, use the restroom – anything to move you away and clear your mind from your task for a brief few minutes.

Return to working on your task, and repeat this cycle until you have completed your task.  If you find that your task is taking longer than usual (more than 4 Pomodoros is a good standard), take a longer break for fifteen to thirty minutes.  This can help relieve any stress or tension you may have towards the current task and encourage you to complete it more quickly.

The Pomodoro Technique on IQTELL

The Pomodoro process is simple, but the reasoning behind it is even simpler – we lose focus and concentration when working on a specific task for too long.  By taking short, scheduled breaks, we can finish what we need to do and move on.

Hopefully you’ll be able to cross off many tasks on your list, let us know if this method works well for you in the comments.  You can also find more information on the Pomodoro technique here.  Happy Pomodoring with IQTELL’s Productivity app!

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