It's made up of 5 simple steps:
1. Choose a task to accomplish.
2. Set the Pomodoro (or whatever timer you prefer to use) for 25 minutes.
3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro goes off, then put a check on your paper.
4. Take a short break (about enough time to fill up your water bottle or go to the bathroom).
5. Every 4 Pomodoros, take a long break (15-30 minutes).
Alan Henry breaks down the technique a little more in his post on LifeHacker, so be sure to give that a read!
The goal of this technique is to help you get into the flow and focus but, most importantly, to remind you to come up for air from time to time.
By sharing this technique with our students and kids, we can begin teaching them the importance of time management and work/life (or, better yet, school/life) balance!
For more information about how taking breaks can increase productivity, check out Take More Breaks, Get More Done on LifeHacker.
Let's balance our time and remember that it's okay to take breaks!
-Kristi, Katie, and Elizabeth