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Based on the Wikipedia article you quoted: Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. The pauses are supposed to keep you energized, so that you don't burn out from your work. These are useful to take a drink, ...


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I would do 'anything that moves you away from the screen', and particularly 'anything that involves face-to-face interaction with another human being'. I go for things like: Writing (with pen) thank you cards making tea for officemate checking postroom for mail 'walk down corridor jobs' so that's things like checking that the boss is in, popping by ...


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In my recent poking around several different systems, I've noticed a couple different recurring themes: Reduce input to actionable tasks: Whether it's collecting and processing items in GTD to "close open loops" or moving all emails out of the Inbox in Inbox Zero, the concept is to not deal with multiple To Do lists and projects and sources of information ...


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I don't think the Pomodoro Technique is for everyone. It works really great for people who are trying to deal with constant external distractions or who are prone to procrastination (internal distractions). If you have no trouble getting into a flow state and staying focused on your work, then you might not need to use Pomodoro at all.


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As software developer I had similar problem. But I solved this for me by just skipping couple breaks and moving forward until break I'd like to take. For me interruption is small disadvantage of pomodoro technique, comparable to big advantage - getting into the flow with couple pomodoros.


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Definitely not! Everyone takes breaks; they just don't formalize them and account for them. The fact that your productivity went up means you are serving your company's interests. Arguments for your boss: If I didn't tell you I was doing the Pomodoro technique, would you have known I took the breaks? My productivity is higher now, do you want me to go ...


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From Pomodoro Technique v1.3 The 15-30 minute break is the ideal opportunity to tidy up your desk, take a trip to the coffee machine, listen to voice mail, check incoming emails, or simply rest and do breathing exercises or take a quick walk. The important thing is not to do anything complex, otherwise your mind won’t be able to reorganize and ...


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Four options: Actually 'over learn' your current task. For example, for e-mails you have the following options: See how you can get to clear your e-mail in 1 Pomodoro, doing it in 25 rather than 40 minutes. See how to more efficiently organize the information you receive through e-mail, like saving your attachments in the right place and extracting ...


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First of all; GTD, Pomodoro and planning are 3 different things! GTD is basically a method to keep track of all your activities so you don't forget anything. From a GTD perspective all you need to do right now is to add the first step of your project to your to-do list (for example, go to the bookstore to buy a book on Unit3d). If you finish that activity, ...


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I see most of the answers talk about identifying doable tasks, single-tasking and prioritizing. I think another quite important aspect is review. I think most of the systems (certainly GTD , Pomodoro, Agile in IT) talk about Review. Review is what allows you to learn and course-correct how you are doing things. I think Pomodoro and agile reviews are ...


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What if you do mainly GTD and Pomodoro-lite". Use GTD for your workflow and keep the list of tasks there. What happens next depends on if you have big related tasks or lots of little tasks. For a big task, set the timer and work on it without interruption. For little tasks, hack away at the GTD list but don't accept new entries or distractions within a ...


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I use the Pomodoro technique when coding and found that the 25 minutes was a bit short, so I doubled the times. I have a 50min working time and 10min break, I've found that gives me long enough to get in the flow, get some work done and then take a break. I know it's not the approved / text book approach... but my view is that it is only a technique and as ...


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Pomodoros are an anti-procrastination technique more than anything else. It is for starting, not for stopping, work on a project. When the buzzer goes it means that you can give yourself permission to stop if you want to! After all, if you are really into it, why stop? If you know you are only going to spend five minutes on a particular task, I would ...


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It's ok to follow only a few rules of Pomodoro so long as you are doing everything you're supposed to do. The technique is a tool not an end, which means it doesn't matter if you didn't use the tool to it's full potential as long as it's already meeting your needs. Just keep in mind you can always refer to the book when your productivity stagnates and you ...


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The Pomodoro technique and other productivity tools are to improve your productivity/efficiency. They are not to motivate you. You must have inner motivation to work. You must be fully convinced that education is your mission today. It is your top priority. It is your life. One way to motivate yourself is to think of the alternative. Imagine your life in ...


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I have always been of the opinion that the majority of these systems are not concrete, and you are able to adapt them to your needs. The Pomodoro technique in my opinion is designed to help you focus, with the concept that short bursts help you concentrate on your tasks. This is done by allowing you to break tasks into smaller components and less time, ...


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Use a shorter long-break. Are you sure you need 30 minutes? If you're feeling that's too much time you can reduce it to the minimmum suggested of 15'. Look for activities in your to-do list While you were working on your last pomodoros, what did you feel it was important doing and forgot to schedule? You're supposed to take notes on these activities ...


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Other answers are really good, I just want to point out one truly important thing: When you are too focused on a task you are following your path and you usually overlook other possibilities. When you break you have time to Rest your body from the (usually) sitting position Rest your eyes (truly important) Break from the work and flow you were in When ...


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Well, for the same reasons you might want to track your performance in a certain situation, it might be a good insight to track down the interruptions you're facing while using the Pomodoro technique. Even if you are an experienced user. For this technique to work well, the less you interrupt the 25min or so minutes, the better you will perform in those ...


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This has to do with having discipline to do something everyday. For me the the best way to start doing something is to associate it with triggers so that you always do them. For eg: You wake up(which would be the trigger), you immediately go brush your teeth, you would not really "lack motivation" to brush your teeth. It is just built in your head that it ...


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Sometimes its not about 'doing' something. Not doing anything also has some value. Pomodoro break is an excellent time just to close your eyes and observe/meditate; or as zen says just be. This definitely helps in constructive mental integration as Francesco Cirillo puts it. Pranayama is another interesting option to try out. Listening to music is another ...


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There are tons and tons of what you're asking for! Since the question is rather vague I will list some resources that I either have found useful myself or that are generally widely popular. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity I think Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen is worth mentioning due to it being a highly acclaimed method ...


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Don't overthink this. If you forgot to take a kettle off the stove, you should go and take the kettle off the stove. No productivity technique is worth letting your house burn down. The purpose of pomodoro is to keep you from being distracted by mundane things like phone calls and emails, and not to make you ignore dangerous situations like a fire or an ...


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Once you have set up a Pomodoro, never return to it; you should only be distracted when it's over... The whole point about the Pomodoro Technique is that you can fully concentrate yourself and your interruption will take place the moment the moment you need a pause; that way, your mind can fully forget about the timer as every time you go to the timer it ...


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Watches are a neglected tool. My biggest issues are that most of them take a (relatively) long time to do simple things, and that most make noise whereas I usually want a vibration. My mutewatch solves both of those problems, although introduces some new ones unique to it. I had high hopes for my motoactv but there's no SDK yet. I had an earlier version ...


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I think that in the Pomodoro technique they actually want you to re-establish context at the beginning of each session and that they do not consider this to be wasted time. By going over information again (termed as overlearning) it becomes more solid. It also will build your ability to keep track of the variables and structures over time. I think you should ...


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As someone who works from home, I understand this sort of complication. There are 3 categories for me. Career items that must be done, vocational development things that should be done, and personal tasks. I consider Career items as things that should be done first. This is essential when working from home. At the beginning of each day I start out by ...


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According to the Book by Francesco Cirillo, you are not supposed to do something that taxes your mind or related to work. So that's a definite "Must-not" During this quick break, it’s not a good idea to engage in activities that call for any significant mental effort. For example, don’t start talking about work-related issues ...


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I doubt that studies have been done on this aspect, so my personal take is no way! I should be able to pull it up and glance at it if I want to, but it would be a distraction if I felt I was somehow racing against it or being overly governed by it. What could be nice is a 3 or 4 minute warning before the end. That way I could start to mentally prepare and ...



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