One of Jo’s favourite productivity hacks

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We at Pointer Remote Roles truly believe that remote working is the way of the future and with more and more companies looking towards managing virtual workforces, this can only be a good thing. For those new to remote working, it can take some adjustments to finetune the most effective ways of working from home or in a co-working space.

We decided to do a quick poll around the virtual Pointer office to uncover the best tricks for keeping a lid on procrastination. This week Jo Palmer aka fearless leader of Pointer Remote Roles kicks off with her favourite time-saving hack. (PS, that is not Jo sitting on the floor in her bedroom, Jo doesn't wear neck scarves.)


It’s pretty easy when you are working from home and sitting at your computer for most of the day to end up with multiple tabs open and the temptation to check emails/socials can be hugely appealing, but I know from experience that distraction is not great for the mental bandwidth.

For me, The Pomodoro Technique, developed by developer, entrepreneur, and author Francesco Cirillo has been one of my favourite tools as I find chunking off blocks of time and powering through work in 25-minute bursts to be pretty useful. Plus, it helps you stay on top of deadlines and after 25 minutes of solid work you get to reward yourself with a 5-minute break.  Productivity guru Tim Ferriss Commit likens the action to a sprint (using a timer) for just 25 minutes and says that by working in “chunks”, you can better prioritise and be realistic about what you can actually fit in a day.
— Jo Palmer - Founder of Pointer


How it works:

Start by creating a to-do list and then allocate each task to a "Pomodoro”

- Choose a task to be accomplished.

- Set the Pomodoro timer to 25 minutes

- Power through the task until the Pomodoro rings

- Take a 5-minute break break

- Every 4 Pomodoros take a more extended break


Some of the gang at Pointer Remote like to use a manual timer, and Cirillo himself says winding one up "confirms your determination to work".

This video captures it perfectly!

If you don’t like the idea of a manual timer try the desktop app:


Jo Palmer