Pomodoro has to ring. It can never be interrupted.
Planning (in the morning)
Tracking (the pomodoro’s)
Recording, processing and visualizing (at the
end of the day)
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It takes 7 to 20 days to master the technique.
are (extremely) evil.
Interruption is productivity’s biggest enemy, wrote
Jason Fried. It certainly also is Pomodoro’s.
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.
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
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.
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
Pick your favorite.
Get yourself a mechanic timer or
download one of the many
Find out more
Download the free ebook or buy the Pomodoro Kit.
Pomodoro in real life
Barcamp Ghent – 19/12/2009 – By @tijs