Time blocking is the approach used in what’s known as the Pomodoro Technique.

Entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo came up with this time management technique in the late 1980s when he was a college student. Frustrated with that feeling that he was wasting time, Cirillo turned to his tomato-shaped timer for help.

Steps to Using Time Blocks with the Pomodoro Technique:

  1. Step 1 – Decide What Needs to be Done and the Time Needed
  2. Step 2 – Note Distractions Instead of Letting Them Derail You
  3. Step 3 – Start Your First Pomodoro
  4. Step 4 – Increase Downtime as You Complete More Pomodoros
  5. Step 5 – Track Progress and Estimate Effort
  6. Step 6 – Begin Building Timetables