Pomodoro Technique - Increase Your Poker Productivity!

Posted On 30 May, 2018 0

If you are a serial procrastinator and find it hard to focus on a particular task for a long period of time, then this article is for you. When it comes to enhancing your productivity, this brilliant little tool called the "Pomodoro Technique" can help you manage your time effectively and tame your procrastination demons.

What is Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro Technique is a time management tool developed by Francesco Cirillo. It revolves around breaking down a particular task into a 25 minute chunk followed by a short break.

The kitchen timer Cirillo used to track the time intervals had a shape of a tomato, from which the name of the technique originated.

Here's how the technique works:

  • Pick a task to be completed.
  • Set the timer for 25 minutes.
  • Work on only that particular task until the timer rings.
  • After you hear the timer ring put a check on a piece of paper in order to track the number of 'Pomodoros'.
  • If there are less than 4 of these checkmarks on the piece of paper take a short break for 5 minutes. Take a longer break of 10-15 minutes every 4 'Pomodoros'.

Although it sounds incredibly simple, this technique can be very effective in helping you manage your time efficiently.

The 25-minute interval is just long enough to put in some meaningful work but just short enough that even though we are drawn by distractions, we can convince ourselves to focus on a single assignment with no interruptions. Also, frequent breaks help us refresh our mind during difficult tasks and even allow for some planned procrastination in between the "Pomodoro" intervals.

Pomodoro Technique in Poker Education

Every form of poker education can be enhanced by the Pomodoro technique be it watching a coaching video, reading a book, using forums or even something more complex like database analysis.

Cutting down on the distractions  will enhance the quality of your poker education and bringing in a new time management technique into your routine can greatly motivate you, especially when you realize how good it is at solving the procrastination problem. The small 25-minute work interval allows you to track how much time you're spending on a certain task and improve your efficiency drastically.

The Pomodoro technique can also help to avoid the negative effects of the Parkinson’s law which states that "work expands so as to fill in the time available for its completion". The 25 minute interval doesn’t enable you to waste any time and can prevent you from losing focus during complex tasks like data base analysis.

Pomodoro Technique in Gameplay

You might not be able to use the Pomodoro technique effectively while actually playing poker, as playing in 25 minute intervals isn’t really practical for regular cash games and multi table tournaments, but if at all you’re able to do it, it will work like a charm.

Hyper turbo tournament enthusiasts and Zoom cash game players can greatly benefit and improve their efficiency by playing their sessions in intense 25-minute intervals followed by a planned 5-minute break. It's a great way of maximizing the amount of time you're able to stay in your a-game.  Use your 5-minute break to do some mindful breathing exercises or meditation to help refresh your mind.

Use of the Pomodoro technique gives you the edge over regular players that make the common mistake of playing needlessly long sessions with no breaks. Keep reading GutshotMagazine.com for similar 'Poker Gyaan' articles.

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