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If you need a productivity boost, there are many tricks and tips 12 Productivity Habits To Finally Hack Your Life In The New Year 12 Productivity Habits To Finally Hack Your Life In The New Year A common resolution for most working people is to be more productive. In this article, we'll explore twelve bad habits that you can change -- one per month -- to drastically improve your workload productivity. Read More out there that can help you, but one of the most effective has to be the Pomodoro Technique.

Long story short for those who aren’t familiar, the Pomodoro Technique calls for alternating cycles of “work” and “rest” — such as 20 minutes of work followed by 10 minutes of rest, repeated indefinitely. It works by forcing you to focus on one task at a time (because multitasking is actually counterproductive Single- vs. Multitasking: What's Best for Productivity? Single- vs. Multitasking: What's Best for Productivity? Multitasking is a common method to increase productivity. Turns out it's not necessarily the silver bullet for productivity. The key is to know when to multitask. Read More ).

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While there are apps specifically designed to aid with Pomodoro time-keeping, the technique can be done with any regular timer or stopwatch. But an even better method is to use pre-built music playlists in lieu of timers: work while the music plays and rest when it ends.

How is this effective? Studies have shown that music — as long as it’s smooth, soft, and without any lyrics — can help with concentration How to Learn Anything New with 5 Sure-Fire Tips How to Learn Anything New with 5 Sure-Fire Tips How do you learn effectively? What can you do to minimize the amount of wasted time and maximize the amount of knowledge you retain? The short answer -- use smart strategies. Read More . The benefit of that is obvious, but a music playlist also makes it easy to know how far into a Pomodoro you are. No need to check the timer and break your concentration in the process.

As for making musical playlists, YouTube works well enough if you can handle the bandwidth of videos, but overall we prefer Spotify What Is the Best Way to Stream Music for Free on Android? What Is the Best Way to Stream Music for Free on Android? There are a ton of free music-streaming apps for Android, but how are they different and which is your best option? Read More . Lastly, when you take Pomodoro breaks, remember to take productivity-enhancing breaks If You Think Taking a Break Helps Productivity, Think Again If You Think Taking a Break Helps Productivity, Think Again We've all heard that taking breaks during the day is a good thing, but some of us may not be taking breaks in the right way. Read More !

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Do you use the Pomodoro Technique? If so, would you rather use timers or music playlists? Got any tips for staying focused during work? Share with us in the comments below!

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  1. Nori
    January 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Hey! Hey there. Here's an article also presenting an alternative approach to the Pomodoro Technique. It is not about alternatives to it but a different way to do it.

    Check it out: https://medium.com/@primaERP/my-teenage-productivity-hack-5b83af6127d1#.lv1u879iy

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