Productivity methodologies like Pomodoro suggest that you break down tasks into small, manageable subtasks.
A job I was doing today involved reviewing some written material, checking that all external sources had been referenced in it, formatting it, then making it look all good. Altogether, this job took about two hours.
If this were an essay, then my task break down might look like:
- Write introduction.
- Write about topic 1
- Write about topic 2
Then as I was writing about topic 1 and topic 2, I'd further break them down, and add the subtasks to the backlog, as I increased my understanding of what was required.
However, some tasks, like the one I was doing today, these kinds of subtasks are too small to warrant adding to the backlog - it would take the same amount of time to simply complete the subtask, as it would adding it to the backlog.
But this does lead to a kind of 'going around in circles' workflow, where the task isn't being objectively accomplished.
Any suggestions for this kind of either breaking down, or completing these kinds of not-easy-to-seperate-into-chunks tasks?