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Quantified PhD - Self Tracking 5000 Pomodoro Sessions

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These are the slides from my talk at the Quantified Self Global Conference in 2018, where I discuss how I tracked almost 5000 pomodoro sessions over the course of my PhD.

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Quantified PhD - Self Tracking 5000 Pomodoro Sessions

  1. 1. Quantified PhD Maggie Delano @maggied Quantified Self Conference 2018 September 22nd, 2018
  2. 2. How I did it Customized Version of Strict Workflow Chrome Extension1 1. https://github.com/maggiedelano/Strict-Workflow-Beeminder Pomodoro method: 25 minutes work, 5 minutes break; take 15 minute break after 4th pomodoro, repeat
  3. 3. How I did it Customized Version of Strict Workflow Chrome Extension1 1. https://github.com/maggiedelano/Strict-Workflow-Beeminder Beeminder Pomodoros Goal
  4. 4. Pomodoros by Category Took 363 pomodoros to write my thesis (4.5 weeks at 40 hrs / week) Total pomodoros: 4840 from May 2013 to January 2018
  5. 5. Concussion (QS15 talk)Stopped Tracking Major research deadline Thesis defense Integrated Strict Workflow and Beeminder
  6. 6. Mean 4 week sliding average
  7. 7. Mean + 1 SD + 2 SD
  8. 8. Green: 3+ days safe Blue: 2 days safe Orange: 1 days safe Red: 0 days safe
  9. 9. Qualitative Observations 1. Pomodoros + beeminder = structure + efficiency + accountability 2. Frequent breaks provide opportunities for insight 3. It’s hard for me to write efficiently for more than 4-6 pomodoros / day 4. Certain work lends itself better to pomodoros than others
  10. 10. Quantified PhD: • 5.5 years • 4840 pomodoros • $165 in beeminder derailments • PhD: priceless
  11. 11. Quantified PhD Maggie Delano @maggied Quantified Self Conference 2018 September 22nd, 2018

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