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What, Why & When
Using Pomodoro is generally a good idea when you have to get work done and don't want to lose yourself in the details as well as want to keep external distraction to a minimum. It also works brilliantly when you struggle with starting a task or procrastination in general.
- Stay productive
- Manage time effectively
- Keep distractions away
- Stay flexible within your head
- Avoid losing yourself in details
Pomodoro is a method to self-organize, avoid losing yourself, stay productive and energized.
Pomodoro is very simple. All you need is work to be done and a timer.
There are six steps in the technique:
- Decide on the task to be done.
- Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes = 1 "Pomodoro").
- Work on the task.
- End work when the timer rings (Optionally: put a checkmark on a piece of paper).
- If you have fewer than four checkmarks (i.e. done less than 4 Pomodoros) , take a short break (5 minutes), then go back to step 2.
- After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then start again at step 1.
Links & Further reading
- Wikipedia - Pomodoro Technique
- Extensive Description on Lifehacker
- Video description from Thomas Frank
The author of this entry is Matteo Ramin.