Working in intervals

I’m subscribed to emails from Darius Foroux. He sends out short messages and tips for improving your life, and today’s message struck a chord with me. I’ve tried using the Pomodoro method in the past, I’ve tried “Time boxing“.

I’ve seen the benefits, but I can’t seem to stick with it. I always continue working without taking the short breaks, and before you know it, I stop following the plan.

I’m going to print out the bullet points and tape them on my monitor. Then I’m going to find the discipline to stick with it.

This article is from the email, “Wise & Wealthy: Working in intervals and smart new investors” (#26 – August 22, 2022)


I just finished the first draft of my book. Every time I have a lot of work or a big project, I rely on the Pomodoro technique to get things done.

I’ve been consistently using it for seven years now and it never fails to work. If you’re a long-time reader, you know I’m a fan of the Pomodoro technique. The idea is simple:

  • Take a 5-minute break after every 25 minutes of work.
  • Use an app to set the 25-minute interval. I use Be Focused.
  • Assign just one task to every 25-minute interval.
  • Don’t skip your breaks.
  • Don’t check your email during your break.
  • Take a 15-minute break after 4 intervals.
  • Don’t accept interruptions or false emergencies when you’re in a 25-minute stretch.
  • Set a daily goal. For example; doing 12 x 25-minute intervals results in 300 minutes of productive work.

If you have been using it in the past and stopped — try using it again. It’s still one of the best strategies for improving your focus and productivity.

Reference: The Pomodoro Method: Take Strategic Breaks To Improve Productivity


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