Do you know what a pomodoro is? I didn’t either until it became a time management technique.
Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato. It’s also what you call those little wind-up kitchen timers your mother or grandmother had that look like tomatoes.
Here’s how it works. When you find yourself procrastinating or overwhelmed by a task, set the timer to 25 minutes and focus solely on your task until your pomodoro dings. Then set it for 5 more minutes and allow yourself some diversion or a break until the next ding when you start the process over again. Repeat this until you’ve done four pomodoro cycles and allow yourself a restorative 15 or 30 minute break. If you don’t have an actual pomodoro or similar timer, there are fun online videos that can substitute.
Scripture tells us to study to show ourselves approved unto God. Finding the best techniques for study or any other accomplishment is a smart way to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day.” He and his wife, Carrie, live in Salisbury, NC, with several of their 12 children.