Pomodoro Technique For Autism? It's Easy If You Do It Smart

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This summer has been one of the most productive summers I have ever had.  I wish I could tell you that I cast a spell and completed everything in one fell swoop.  You probably could refer to it as magic.  This technique that I am going to tell you about has made my life easier.  Today I am going to talk to you about the Pomodoro technique for Autism.

pomodoro technique for autism

What Is The Pomodoro Technique And Does It Work?

The Pomodoro technique is a time management method that is not like other methods.  With the Pomodoro method, you can set a certain amount of time you want to stay focus working on a particular task.  At the end of that set amount of time, you will get a break.

Does The Pomodoro Technique Work?

I know that I am not the best at time management.  If I was good at time management I wouldn't have to finish 16 major projects this summer.  So yeah this method does work, but if you don't want to take my word for it perhaps you should try it yourself.

How To Get Started With The Pomodoro Technique?

Here are a few things you need to do to get started.

  1. Specify a task that you want to work on

  2. Set a specific time on the timer that you feel okay about dedicating time too. Example: 30 minutes

  3. Focus nonstop on that task for that specific amount of time

  4. When the bell rings take a break by doing something other than thinking about that task you just worked on

  5. For a short break, I suggest 10 minutes so that you don't walk away from what you have to do for long periods.

  6. After 4 of those Pomodoro timer sessions take a longer break. Example: 45 minutes

white ipad with digital apps on the screen

white ipad with digital apps on the screen

Different Pomodoro Technique Apps

My absolute favorite Pomodoro technique app is called Focus To-Do.  The reason why it's my favorite app is that it combines a timer and to-do list.  That way I don't need to have 2 different apps on my phone.  The best part about the app is that it syncs across all of my devices.

●       Pomodoro Smart Timer

●       Pomodoro Timer Lite

●       Brain Focus Productivity Timer

●       Engross: Improve focus. Timer, To-do list, Planner

●       Clockwork Tomato

●       Goodtime: Productivity Timer and Time Management

●       Productivity Challenge Timer

 

Please note I haven’t used any of the other apps that I have listed I have only used the Focus To-Do so far.

silver egg shaped pomodoro timer

silver egg shaped pomodoro timer

The Best Physical Pomodoro Timers

If you are not a big fan of apps and technology like I am then perhaps you may want to consider investing in a physical timer instead for the Pomodoro technique.  I haven't tried any of these timers and I am assuming they are good because of their ratings.

 

●       Wrenwane Digital Kitchen Timer

●       Time Timer MOD

●       Hexagon Rotating Timer

silver and gold trophies

silver and gold trophies

What Are The Benefits Of The Pomodoro Technique?

In my opinion, there are a lot of benefits to using the Pomodoro technique.  Here are some great benefits from using it.

  1. Helps you stay focus on one task at a time

  2. Let's you control your day

  3. Help you prioritize tasks that are more important than others

  4. Helps you feel accomplished because you have completed your goals or tasks

  5. Helps with time management

  6. Helps you become more productive than just feeling busy

  7. Helps you relieve stress from having to memorize what you have to do

  8. Helps motivate you to get things done because the clock is ticking

  9. Helps you take breaks in between tasks

  10. Helps you meet deadlines

  11. Can be used as a homework timer

Did you know that you can also manage procrastination with the pomodoro technique as well?

What Is The Downside Of The Pomodoro Technique?

I think the only downside of the Pomodoro technique is the number of tasks in total can add up to feel like its overwhelming. But it's not that bad.

What Is The Difference Between Pomodoro Technique Apps V.S. Egg Timers?

There are only a few differences between Pomodoro apps and egg timers.  If you use Focus To-Do you will get a timer and a to-do list in one app.  Using a Pomodoro app will also have break modes which will force you to take a break.

 

However, if you use an egg timer you will have to manually keep track of your breaks and how long you will have to focus.  The flipside to an egg timer is that it will be one less app you will have on your smartphone.

The Pomodoro Technique Breaks Have Made A Difference

Having those 10 min breaks have made a difference for me.  During those breaks, I like to take a little walk or read a few pages in my current book that I am reading.  Sometimes I even like to listen to music during the break.

paper to-do list

paper to-do list

What Are Some Other Time Management Techniques Other Than The Pomodoro Technique?

If you are not a fan of the Pomodoro method like I am you can also try some of these other ways to manage time more effectively.

●       Block scheduling - schedule out certain blocks of time on your calendar for certain tasks

●       To-do list - write everything down in a to-do list app or on a piece of paper

●       Remembering stuff - just remember stuff off the top of your head

Who Can Benefit From The Pomodoro Technique?

  • People who want to be more productive

  • People who are on the Autistic spectrum

  • people who have ADHD

  • People who want to learn to manage their time better

Conclusion:

I found the Pomodoro technique helpful because it allows me to focus on a certain amount of time, then it allows me to have a break.  I know not every method works for everyone but that's why there are also other methods like block scheduling, to-do lists and remembering stuff.

At the end of the day, you just have to try multiple techniques and find which one works best for you. Do you know any other ways to adapt the pomodoro technique for ADHD

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See you all in two weeks for a brand new post. I am taking a two week vacation away from blogging. The first week will give me the opportunity to finish up the last 4 things left on my to-do list and hangout with my extended family coming next week for a family gathering.

The second week I will just be relaxing and not stressing about anything. Just spending time reading, relaxing, and chilling out. I need a break because I am burnt out from this 16 project to-do list and my summer is almost over before I go back to school. Bye for now.