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My Barcamp Ghent (19/12/09) talk on the Pomodoro Technique.

My Barcamp Ghent (19/12/09) talk on the Pomodoro Technique.



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  • Pomodoro in real life Barcamp Ghent – 19/12/2009 – By @tijs
  • I am Tijs Vrolix @tijs on Twitter Blog at (bits.)tijsvrolix.be Work for NOCUS, Pixelpanic, MetaTale and this new thing called Super Mega Hyper.
  • Pomodoro is another answer to the multitasking problem. Check my singletasking presentations on Slideshare or try Kukoo.com if you haven’t done so already for additional time management tips.
  • Founded by Francesco Cirillo (1992) Find a way to get rid of distractions and interruptions caused by low levels of concentration and motivation.
  • Dare yourself Can you? Would you be able to? Pomodoro is all about self observation. ca n you h a n dle th e tr u th?
  • Remember: time is your ally, not your ennemy
  • 25 5 Work for 25 minutes. Take a 5 minute break.
  • 25 5 Long enough to do things. Short enough to resist being distracted.
  • After 4 pomodoros, take a longer break.
  • Pomodoro has to ring. It can never be interrupted.
  • Five steps Planning (in the morning) Tracking (the pomodoro’s) Recording, processing and visualizing (at the end of the day) th is is w h ere th e se lf ob se r v ati on pa rt re a ll y h a pp en s
  • Johan Stam on Flickr It takes 7 to 20 days to master the technique.
  • Interruptions are (extremely) evil. Interruption is productivity’s biggest enemy, wrote Jason Fried. It certainly also is Pomodoro’s.
  • Internal Social networks, food/drinks, ... Often related to a lack of concentration. Record your interruption and add whatever you feel is urgent to your to do inbox.
  • External Phone calls, colleagues, questions, ... Protect the pomodoro: inform, negociate and reschedule (true emergencies really are rare). The headphones rule: wear your headphones during the pomodoro, take them off during the break.
  • Tiny tasks You cannot break the pomodoro. Combine tasks when they’re really small ones. Otherwise take time to review and repeat when you’ve got a only a few minutes left.
  • Breaks make the pomodoro more effective.
  • Breaks are an essential part of the pomodoro. Although in many (corporate) environments there’s a sort of aversion to breaks. Make them longer when you feel that’s beneficial for your concentration/motivation (don’t fool yourself though).
  • Tools Pick your favorite. Get yourself a mechanic timer or download one of the many desktop/mobile apps.
  • Find out more at pomodorotechnique.com Download the free ebook or buy the Pomodoro Kit.
  • Pomodoro in real life Barcamp Ghent – 19/12/2009 – By @tijs