The Pomodoro technique is used by a lot of lean-agile practitioners to improve their personal productivity and apparently it works. I’m gonna get going with it and I challenge readers of this blog to try it out. Anybody who lets me know that they have become a Certified Pomodoro Master, I will publicise it here on this blog!
The basics of the technique
- Put all the activities you have to accomplish on the Activity Inventory Sheet.
- At the beginning of each day select the tasks you need to complete and copy them on the To Do Sheet
- Start working:
- Choose the topmost task from the list
- Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
- Work until the Pomodoro rings
- Mark the task with an x on the To Do Sheet
- Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
- Keep on working, Pomodoro after Pomodoro, until the task at hand is ﬁnished, then cross it out on the To Do Sheet.
- Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break (15–30 m)
There’s a load more info. on why it works/goals and how to deal with stuff (managing interruptions etc.) on the Pomodoro website:
- 1 page pomodoro cheet sheet (for those with short attention spans)
- The free pomodoro book (for those with more patience)
- Pomodoro templates etc.
Why wouldn’t you give it a go?