I recently came across the idea of the Pomodoro Technique after a nice conversation with my new friend Xandra. She and I were chatting and somehow we came upon the idea productivity/distraction management tools. She had recently read the book and recommended it to me.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it any of my local libraries, and I didn’t want to buy it because my stash of books is overflowing my bookshelf as it is. Fortunately, after some creative googling, I was able to come across a link for a paper written by the author about the technique.
The biggest reason I’m interested in this technique is because it has a method for handling distraction. There are any number of distractions in our lives these days that take away our focus from the task at hand. I wonder how much time I’m wasting because I just have to check Instagram again to see if anyone likes the photo I posted this morning. Can I just focus on the thing I need to get done?
The Pomodoro Technique seems to be able to provide a framework for this focus on things you need to get done without sacrificing your distraction twitch; it structures break time into your schedule so that you can quench that feeling you’ll just explode if you don’t check your Facebook feed. The other interesting thing I’ve found is that it helps you to quantify how long a given task will take. With the other tools I’ve been using, breaking down of tasks hasn’t been something I’ve done and I think it might be useful.
I’ve yet to finish reading the paper. I expect to add an update to this post when I finish reading and implement the parts of the technique that I find the most applicable. Provided, of course, that I can focus long enough to do that! 🙂
I’ve adopted a system that used the Pomodoro Technique, Getting Things Done, and the Daily Docket. I’ve found this super helpful in my attempt to plan my days and focus on the work at hand. Even when I’m not very motivated, the Pomodoro Technique helps me to focus on the task at hand, even if just for a short time. I use Getting Things Done to capture all the things I need to do and that provides the fodder for my pomodoros, and it’s sorted by the context I’m in at the time. One thing I really enjoy is that you don’t use the Pomodoro Technique for your free time, which makes sense, but was important for me because sometime I even try to structure my free time. Lastly, I use the Daily Docket template I’ve modeled after the one I found at the Art of Simple page to plan out my days with intention; the main benefits I gain from a daily docket is to understand my three main tasks for the day, what my commitments are for the day in the form of meetings and appointments, and how much time I have left to do other tasks.