As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am going to start using the Pomodoro Method (or Technique – whichever you prefer). The Pomodoro Method was created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s and was named after the timer he used when he first created the method.
It is the intervals in the method that gave it its name rather than the periods of activity. typically, you are expected to write your list of activities that you would like to get done that day and then:
- Decide on the task that you are going to handle first
- Set the pomodoro timer – the traditional method states for 25 minutes but that is your choice
- Work on the task until the timer rings. write down any distractions that arise during this time straight away and then go straight back to the pomodoro task.
- After the timer rings put a mark on the paper
- If there are less than 4 markings take a short break (3-5 minutes) and then repeat steps 2 to 4.
- After 4 pomodoros take a longer break (15-20 minutes) then reset the timer to 0 and start again.
The pomodoro method is reliant upon the Inventory and the Timekeeping Table so that you can see what tasks you have to achieve that day and how long it took you to achieve them. I have made downloadable examples of the Inventory and the Daily Timekeeping Table as well as an Evaluation table.
The inventory is really helpful as you can use it as a brain dump either on a certain day or as a catch all whenenever you need it. The Timekeeping Table on the otherhand is a daily spread with time intervals so that you can malp out your day and look at what you have achieved.
I also created an table so that you can really assess how well you think the day has gone and whether there was anything you feel that you can improve upon. You might be able to tell but I really like being able to set goals and measure whether I have achieved them.
Please find the documents below:
Have you tried the Pomodoro Method? What do you think of it?