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Co-Work With Me

by Matt Giovanisci | Last Updated: January 21, 2016 | Subscribe to get email updates

In a recent study, co-working with a friend is proven to increase productivity by 312%*.

As someone who works from home, I understand the need to feel like you’re working with someone, even if they’re not in the room.

So I made you this video. You can play it whenever you’re feeling isolated or unproductive. It’s 25 minutes long so you can use it as a timer to employ the famous Pomodoro Technique.

What Is the Pomodoro Technique?

It’s a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late eighties. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals of 25 minutes and separated by short breaks.

These intervals are called pomodoros, which means tomato in Italian. The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.

6 Stages of The Pomodoro Technique

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set a timer to 25 minutes (or use the video above).
  3. Work on the task until the timer is up.
  4. Afterward, write down that you completed one pomodoro.
  5. If you have less than four completed pomodoros on the current task, take a 5-minute break.
  6. However, if you completed more than four pomodoros, take a 15 or 30-minute break. Then, reset your pomodoro count and repeat the technique for a new task.

You can learn more about the Pomodoro Technique by watching this video.

*There is no study. I made it up.

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