I am a programmer working in an open-space environment. There are basically two types of people which make it difficult to use pomodoro:
- Those, who want something completely trivial every 10 minutes or so, which can wait without a problem or, even better, is completely irrelevant to me.
- People who visit rarely but I can't tell them to wait because they either are both completely deaf to anything while not respect your time or concentration much, and are higher in the hierarchy - product owners. It isn't enough to say "I'll do it once I finish X", I have to repeat it a couple of times in different ways while ensuring that "Yes, it will be my top priority". It's not about me failing to fulfill my own promises, it's just how a person is.
I'd like to start using the technique because, frankly, it sounds really good on the paper, but the above is something which might result in voiding a lot of pomodoros.