What Is The Pomodoro Technique?
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Check List Using The Regulations As A Template eg - Spouse Visa
Get Enough Sleep
Visa Application And Associated Costs
Record Keeping And Management - How Long Do Documents Have To Be Kept?
Initial Requirements Regarding Accepting A Retainer
Failure Of Proper File Management Can Lead To Suspension As A Migration Agent
Confidentiality & Notifying The Client Of Complaint Procedure
Give Your Client A Copy Of Everything
Give Your Client The Bad News Immediately
Take Care While On Holidays
Clients & English
Check Special Requirements For Offshore Visas With The Embassy's Or Consulate's Website
Don't Accept Immigration's Assertion That Decisions Have Been Made Properly
Have No Fear Of Appeals
Never Advise Your Client To Make Life Changing Decisions Prior To The Grant Of A Visa & Trust Your Instincts
Before You Set The Fee With Your Client And Before You File A Visa Application
What Can Go Wrong If You Don't Record Your Mail Properly
Positioning And Pathways And Fees (Putting All One's Eggs In One Basket)
Email & Fax Communication & Errors With Credit Cards Emerge As Troubling Issues
Preparing A Client For Merit Review Hearings Or Interviews With DIBP
Accountants And Migration Law
Berenguel - Sometimes Time Of Application Criteria Can Be Met At Time Of Decision
Bare Faced Liars & The Fraudsters
Everyone's Doing It
Visas Remain Current Until Midnight
Immigration Closes At 4pm
Looking After Secondary Visa Holders In A Visa Cancellation Process
Applying As A Secondary Visa Applicant Onshore When The Primary Visa Applicant Is Offshore
Essential Prerequisites For A Ministerial Discretion Application
Last Lunge Applications
State And Territory Sponsorship
Believing The Client
Spouse Visas - Unexplained Large Deposits of Money
Managing No. 8503 On Tourist Visas
Tax Deductibility of Migration Advice
Dates On Documents And Names On Documents
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Take A Statement
Case Management Software
Check All Past Visa Applications
Visa Holders Being On Their Best Behaviour
Email Communication With Immigration - Delete All Strings
No Without Prejudice Conversations With Immigration
What Is A Secondary Visa?
Identify Australian Citizens Who Support An Applicant
Schedule 1 Criteria
Second Thing To Do On Starting A File - Download The Relevant Part Of The Law
First Thing To Do When Starting Any File - Identify Any 'Rights Destroying' Deadlines
Lodging Paper Applications
Social Media & Smart Phones
Disputes About Parentage And Children
Helping People Pass The English Tests
What Is The Pomodoro Technique?
Immigration Telephones Client
When Is A Visa Application Made In Australia
Apply For A Visa In Australia
No Visa Application Is An Island
The Hammock Principle
The Pomodoro technique was originally created by the Italian Francesco Cirillo and is used by thousands of people all over the world to increase their productivity and work more effectively. It got its name from the tomato shaped kitchen timer that inspired it. (Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato).
The idea behind this technique is to work in short bursts on tasks throughout the day, and take small breaks at regular intervals. These intervals should consist of 25 minutes on, with 5 minutes off. Every 4 or 5 ‘pomodoros’ you take an extended break.
During your working time you limit distractions, close down your email, put your phone on silent and focus exclusively on the task at hand. This technique can be used for just about anything that requires focus from strategising and planning, preparing documentation and reading reports to writing blog posts. In fact I’m using the Pomodoro technique right now to write this article.
During your five-minute breaks make sure you step away from your computer to get some distance between you and whatever it is you’re doing. You can do a few exercises, go for a walk or stretch to help get the blood flowing. It’s essential that during these five minutes you don’t do anything that taxes your brain or involves a lot of focus.
Although the idea may seem counterproductive, especially if you’re busy, taking regular breaks will actually help you get more done in a day. The five-minute breaks that are built in to the Pomodoro technique refresh your mind so you can focus for another 25 minute burst.
The Pomodoro technique is so powerful because, as I’m sure you know, if you have to concentrate on something for a long period of time, after a while your brain starts to wander and you lose focus, then a task which should have taken 20 minutes ends up taking three hours.