A couple of months ago, I posted a video about the famous Pomodoro Technique and how I use it once in a while to combat procrastination and help with my overall productivity. You can watch it here:
If you don’t know what the Pomodoro Technique is, here’s a quick tutorial:
- Set an alarm for 25 minutes
- Do work for 25 minutes, don’t answer emails / IMs etc
- At the end of the 25 minutes, set a 5 minute alarm
- Stop working for 5 minutes
- Repeat 1-4. On the fourth time, do a 20 minute break
That is one Pomodoro. Only do 5-7 Pomodoros a day and before you start your day, plan out your Pomodoros.
I’ve been on this technique on and off for the past two years. Then I found this amazing Adobe Air App:
I’ve used this for one day so I’ll probably blog about it again. But so far here’s what I like about this app:
- Allows you to estimate how many Pomodoros a task will take
- Records the actual amount of Pomodoros you spent and even any interruptions
- Limits your Pomodoros to 5-7 a day
- Automatically starts your break after your 25 minute work sprint
My only problem with the Pomodoro Technique is I’ve just been getting interrupted a lot lately with emails and chats!