It sounds so simple, and yet its impact is profound. It’s a straightforward way to get into Production Mode and get project work done on time.
Here is the technique, as described on PomodoroTechnique.com:
The basic unit of work in the Pomodoro Technique® can be split in five simple steps:
- Choose a task to be accomplished
- Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
- Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
- Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
- Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break
And here’s one essential rule: no interruptions. No email, no phone, no Facebook, no snacks, no bathroom breaks. Just 25 minutes of flow.
This simple technique does so much:
- Enables pure Production Mode work.
- Provides structure for setting the interim deadlines that are essential for capacity planning.
- Enforces singletasking.
- Makes logging time easy.
- Incorporates regular breaks into the work day.
The capacity planning power of the Pomodoro Technique is particularly valuable. For example, when I plan to finish this blog post in 2 pomodoros, that’s how long it takes. If I don’t plan, it takes longer–or little tasks linger all day.
This week, try the Pomodoro Technique to complete that big presentation.