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The Pomodoro Technique

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  1. cashcrateaddict

    cashcrateaddict Elite Member

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    I've been looking through old threads from 2011 and came across a post that mentioned the Pomodoro Technique. I decided to look into it and thought it was pretty cool so I implemented it and I'm glad I did.

    For those who don't know, the Pomodoro Technique is pretty much a "time management philosophy" which keeps your mind focus and at its sharpest. You break down your work schedule into shorter increments and between work periods, you take a short 4-5 minute break.

    Here's the Process:
    Work for 25 minutes (this is called a Pomodoro)
    Take a 4-5 minute break
    After 4 Pomodoro's (100 minutes of work), take a longer break. I like to take between 20-25 minutes.

    Some of you may look at something like this and laugh, but I honestly get much more accomplished and feel as if I'm doing things better and more quality when I follow this. I get bored quickly so after working for an hour or two straight, I may take a break and then not pickup where I left off until the next day. But by following this, I can get much more work done everyday.

    If you want to read more about this: Pomodoro Technique
     
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    I like it. I'm doing it right now.
     
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    I find what works best for me is simply making a schedule. What I do is make 2 schedules.

    1. General, every day, hour by hour schedule with breaks and time outside the house scheduled in

    2. Today's TO-DO list of tasks that I want to accomplish before bed

    It feels good to cross things off the the TO-DO list, but I don't sweat it if I don't make it through. Anything I don't accomplish today, I just add to tomorrow's list.

    Either way, though, if you are in control of your own schedule, then you shouldn't feel bad if you have an unproductive day now and then, it's only normal!
     
  5. Kuz32

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    yeah this is normally good. Though i normally take 15 minute breaks after eveyr "chunk" of work, and then take an hour after four "chunks" take an hour off.

    A chunk can be anything between 30mins-1hour
     
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  6. Jonny Quick

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    This work/break/work cycle seems pretty synchronous with the average smoker. They say that smokers are actually more productive than non-smokers, despite the fact that they take more breaks to smoke. Maybe this is why.
     
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    I just posted posted mindjet mindmanager in member downloads.. It should help people with planning and figuring out what works best for you.
     
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    I did this for a while back when in uni--I was writing a lot of research in those days and this helped. Now, with IM, I can go for hours at a time, and I feel like I have a built-in clock that tells me when it is time to get some coffee or watch some Netflix (or eat).

    Here's the free timer I used to use...easy peasy:
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    http://tomato-timer.com
     
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  9. travanx

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    I used to do this at a job when I was working 15 hour days 5-7 days a week. No one seemed to mind either when we would take long breaks walking around the block are just talking about music or news. It was the only way I could put those kinds of hours in without going crazy.
     
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  10. silentthunder

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    This is great because it has no learning curve and is very effective.

    Jonny Quick, what you said strikes a chord. I helped a friend, who wanted to stop smoking, stop with the nlp swissh pattern. I didn't do an ecology check first. He owns a construction company.

    He stopped smoking the cigarette in his hand before I had completed the exercise. In a few weeks we noticed his timing was off because he had a daily ritual of smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and girl watching all at once before his employees showed up. Then he gave them directions and took a break repeating the ritual without the coffee and so on. His groove had changed.