About the time management technique. Includes 25 minutes uninterrupted works, 5 minute breaks.

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Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
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Doesn't the Pomodoro Technique break the flow?

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique yesterday. In my first few trials I've noticed that since this technique requires you to stop working at defined intervals, it can easily break your state ...
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Do's and Don'ts in 5 min Break

I just started using the Pomodoro Technique but am faced with a problem: I seem to like the 30 mins break and they actually work as stress busters and I stay more focused longer. However, I am ...
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How do I properly integrate The Pomodoro Technique with GTD?

The Pomodoro Technique isn't merely about setting up a timer and working for 25 minutes. To truly benefit from the technique one must look at how to spend those 25-minute blocks across tasks. This ...
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Are there fundamental behaviors that cut across multiple productivity systems?

A variety of productivity systems and techniques are discussed on this site (e.g. GTD, Inbox Zero, FTF, Pomodoro, etc.); however, lots of folks probably land here because they're looking to learn more ...
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Do digital wrist watches have productivity advantages over software based features?

My wife recently received a digital wrist watch (Casio Baby GShock) as a gift. She is a teacher and uses the watch for (other than quickly telling the time) timing her lessons, other presentations and ...
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How do you start working?

I am a student, so doing my homework has to be the most horrid part of my day. Although I know I can do it, and it really won't take that long, I hate it. Something in my mind makes me repel against ...
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Pomodoro: should I still take a break if I'm highly engaged?

Short breaks are definitely beneficial when I'm leaning on Pomodoro to keep me motivated for a task. But what if I'm highly engaged in the problem I'm attacking? Will pacing myself with 5 minute ...
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How to use the Pomodoro Technique while finishing a task and the Pomodoro rings?

I was using the pomodoro technique while programming. The Pomodoro timer finished and I was just in the middle of adding a new parameter to a function and was refactoring my code to make sure that the ...
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What should I do with my 30min break using the Pomodoro Technique

The 5 minute breaks in between Pomodoros are short and give me a breather. However, every time I go on the 30 minute breaks after 4 Pomodoros, I always feel I could be doing something really ...
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What do I do with abandoned pomodoros?

This morning I decide to try applying the Pomodoro time boxing technique in my coding, but using it for software development raises some questions I would like to try and resolve before continuing. ...
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Should you 'make up' time when working with Pomodoro technique?

I have recently been feeling very stressed and burnt out at work. The stress has begun to have physical manifestations, in terms of dizziness, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus and IBS. As a result, ...
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What to do when the work in a Pomodoro is completed before 25 minutes?

I earmarked two Pomodoro to clear my inbox this morning, and when I got half way through the second I was done. The Pomodoro Technique manual says that this presents an opportunity to 'over learn' - ...
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How does the pomodoro technique deal with “high activation cost” tasks?

I have recently started using the Pomodoro technique for workflow management. I like it, it provides a consistent workflow. One thing I have noticed is that high "activation cost" activities seem ...
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What to mention in a talk that helps the audience to become more productive?

We (a group of university students) generally meet for tea every week and discuss various topics, and my friends ask me to give a talk on productivity and time management in one of our next meetings. ...
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Why does the Pomodoro technique recommend writing down every interruption?

The Pomodoro technique suggests that internal and external interruptions of a task should be annotated (e.g. with a ' or -). What is the purpose of doing this? The only reason I can imagine is that ...
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Dealing with distractions during wait

The biggest problem for me are distractions that slow down my progress. Too often instead of pushing the main task forward I switch to the other task/check my email/etc. It doesn't mean I'm ...
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How do you integrate time tracking tools with the Pomodoro technique?

I am using http://pomodoro.ugolandini.com/ when working on my mac. It can trigger scripts when starting / stopping a Pomodoro. Ideally, it would integrate with time tracking tools such as paymo or ...
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Repeating and Reviewing of Pomodoros

One of the objectives of the Pomodoro techinque is to make the Pomodoros more effective. This is done by either repeat and review on a Pomodoro level or on a Pomodoro set level. On a Pomodoro level it ...
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For the Pomodoro Technique, how do I deal with two task streams…career tasks and personal tasks?

I work from home right now. I have an activity list that contains items that are career tasks and more personal tasks. Sometimes there is a fine line between what tasks go in which bucket. E.g. Last ...
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pomodoro + GTD tool as an integrated tool / web service?

I have recently started to employ pomodoro as a way to allocate time for working on specific tasks (using Pomodorium) and am starting to see encouraging results. I figured if there's some tool that ...
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Did the pomodoros help or the fact that I was doing something?

I was blogging about me using Pomodoros when proofreading a book. It worked in that it kept me disciplined and focused. In the conclusion I wrote "I'm not sure if it was the Pomodoros themselves that ...
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Are there resources on Pomodoro success in teams?

Are there any resources on using Pomodoro in teams? According to The Pomodoro Technique the book, the "text" Applying the Pomodoro Technique in Teams details the Pomodoro technique for teams, but I ...
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How do you avoid being distracted by a pomodoro timer?

I have tried a physical version of the device (Clicking countdown clock, in the shape of an apple.) and I found that sometimes get distracted by the clicking sounds of the timer. For a digital ...
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Is it possible to plan a project without deadlines?

I want, for example, to develop a game in Unit3d as my "pet project". I have zero knowledgment of Unity, so I don't know if my game will take days, weeks, months or years to finish. I thought about ...
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Scientific studies on the default duration of a pomodoro?

I was wondering about the default duration of a pomodoro (25 minutes). In the PDF on the Pomodoro technique it says The length of a Pomodoro, 25 minutes, seems short enough to make it possible to ...
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What's a good pomodoro timer that's both physical and programable?

I have been using focus booster app for pomodoro method. But I think i should invest in a physical timer, that I can set next to me while I work. I do have an IPod touch (with pomodoro apps) and ...
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How to use pomodoro technique when doing tasks with dependencies?

The Pomodoro Technique works well for me when I do fixed ,defined tasks like studying using book or working on specific issues .But I struggle with this technique when the task at hand has a lot of ...
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Under the Pomodoro Technique, what should I do if I know something will interrupt a pomodoro?

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 ...
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Is doing a partial Pomodoro method cheating?

I'm trying to find any articles/experiences on this. I tried using Pomodoro to motivate myself to have a task list and read in 25 minute blocks without getting distracted. (This was a weeklong ...
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All-in-one Getting Things Done (GTD) and Pomodoro tool?

I want a online GTD tool I can use on an Android phone that has the following features: instant and configurable reminders such as calendar entries online app with a sync feature Do any of these ...
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How to complete more pomodoros in a day in Pomodoro technique

The obvious answer is to make less interruption and focus more on a job, but it seems not so easy as it sounds. If you know methods those make your pomodoro technique more effective and allows you to ...
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In Pomodoro Technique - How to deal w/ really quick interruptions

Imagine I have started a pomodoro and in the middle of it I realize I forgot to take a kettle off the stove. It would only take me like 10 seconds - quicker than to take a note of the interruption - ...
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Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows - all the time?

Does it make sense to keep the Pomodoro watch on the top of all windows (computer) - all the time? I mean is it helpful and sensible to "keep an eye" always (while working) on the Pomodoro watch ...
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Is Pomodoro an all or nothing system

I consider GTD to be an all or nothing system, i.e. either you fully engage in the system or you don't. I have found that using bits and pieces of it doesn't really work. But, I've been reading about ...
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Finish all the jobs without completing any pomodoro?

I had a strange problem when applying pomodoro techniques. In my working environment, it's normal that I will get interrupted accidentally during the pomodoro phase. Hence the pomodoro is hard to ...
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How to deal with things that cannot be divided into several pomodoros while applying the pomodoro-technique?

I am a student and have found that there are several things which cannot be divides into pomodoros. There are two kinds of them: 1) Courses, meetings, etc., which are fixed scheduled by the school ...
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Time management problem with pomodoro technique

I have used successfully the pomodoro technique for some time. I've found just one big problem that has caused a slight but constant loss of motivation in using it, causing in the end the need to stop ...
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What next after pomodoro technique? [closed]

What other time organizing or self organizing techniques would you recommend after the Pomodoro Technique? Please suggest books, theories, and articles.
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Should I use pomodoro breaks to work on personal tasks?

My system is I have a MS Word document for my backlog. I add both work tasks, and small personal tasks (eg send email to so and so, ring such and such organisation, buy xyz, post on stack exchange ...
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Pomodoro Technique with colleagues

I want to try the Pomodoro Technique at work but I'm worried it will be disturbing (an alarm going off every 25 min) Will it be disturbing for others? Can anyone suggest an improvement to make it ...
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How to use pomodoro in a busy environment

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 ...
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Task estimated to be 8 pomodori, what to do?

Scenario: I am reading a tutorial; it is separated in Chapters. I have "proved" over the course of 5 chapters that each one of them takes me 8 pomodori (there hasn't been an exception). Problem: ...
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Mindfulness and Pomodoro technique question

The idea of being focused on what I'm doing right now from Pomodoro technique. And the idea of mindfulness from Buddhism looks very similar to me. 1.Can mindfulness training from Buddhism helps to ...
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How to compare performance?

I am trying to apply pomodoro techniques in my work, and it "seems" to be good. But as someone in this site has already questioned: Maybe things is better because of my "psychic" feelings to start ...
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When leveraging the Pomodoro technique

Is there a threshold of the number of Pomodoros you can execute in a sequence before the technique has positive effect? I could imagine that you do not want to use the Pomodoro technique if you have ...
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Using pomodoro technique for studying

I normally use the pomodoro technique when working on my own projects. Now, I have an upcoming test. So I was wondering if I should use the pomodoro technique for studying as well. Is the technique ...
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What is classed as a 'break' using the pomodoro technique?

I know there is a question regarding the longer break, but I want to know what should I be doing during the 5 minute break? Should I get away from the PC or just check email and facebook? I'm just ...
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Long-wait tasks with Pomodoro Technique

What are some good strategies for coping with tasks that have high "wait times" when using the Pomodoro techinque? Right now I'm about 15 minutes into a pomodoro, but I'm waiting for a program to ...
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Mobile java application for Pomodoro

Any suggestions about mobile Java (J2ME) apps suitable for measuring Pomodoros? I've already tried Pomodoro and Doing!, but the first can't measure break period and has no settings (I work in the ...