I like to use this tool with people who need a kick-start to working on one of their goals. Sometimes they’re overwhelmed with the amount they want to accomplish or the number of steps involved, and others become stuck in “analysis paralysis,” not knowing where to begin. The simple solution? Just do something! Set a timer (in this case, 25 minutes), and DO something until the buzzer goes off. There’s an immediate (well, 25-minute-delayed) payoff, and it’s that much easier to set the timer again the next day and jump back in.
This technique is elaborated on at www.pomodorotechnique.com, and also in the book by the same name. The primary focus there is on productivity, so you can delve so deeply into the Pomodoro Technique that it changes your approach to work.
While it can be a great time-management technique, it can also be a simple and effective tool to break out of inactivity and take a step, however small, in the right direction. No need to procrastinate or feel guilty for letting another day go by without doing something important to you. Instead, simply set your kitchen timer or the alarm on your phone, remove distractions, and go for it!