I looked in The Pomodoro Technique book and didn't see this referenced, but what should you do if you know you can't finish a Pomodoro? Let's just say I'm using 25 minute work blocks and 5 minute rest blocks for 30 minute Pomodori. If it's not 8:10am and I have a meeting at 8:30am, I can't finish my 25 minute work block before my meeting.
The two options that I've thought up already:
- Take a longer "break", but be productive with it. Use it to reprioritize my tasks by going through my list of unplanned/urgent tasks and eliminate ones that are not necessary and order to the others into my list of planned tasks, or perhaps eliminate some smaller tasks such as gathering tools and supplies for up coming tasks.
- Run a normal Pomodoro. Void the Pomodoro when the meeting starts, since it was unfinished. Go to the meeting, then resume with a 5 minute break to reassess the current status of the tasks, add new tasks, and reprioritize.
I'm sure there are other options. What would you recommend in this situation, and why would you recommend it?