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
This is just the beginning. There are five primary objectives needed to get the most out of the technique and become a Certified Pomodoro Master 🙂
I meant to mention this as well, yesterday. It follows on from what Georgie fed back about time constraints. Here the constraint is not one minute but 25.
I have tried this. It is brilliant, especially for long projects like a mountain of marking (you may well experience this!), writing a paper, or putting a proposal or presentation together.
It works on the principle of what some magazines call ‘the power of 20’ (or 25 in this case). You cannot imagine writing a symphony. But you could spend 20 minutes each day building up to it. Same with a DT, or specialist essay. Anne Lamott, in her book Bird by Bird, calls this writing by ‘looking through a one inch picture frame’.
I’d be interested to know if anyone gives this a go and if was useful or not.