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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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The Pomodoro technique is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility. Given the definition of it, you should be strict about taking your breaks when you're supposed to and focus on your work the remaining time. I am unaware of any scientific findings that recommend such regular breaks based on a timer. What I do know however, is that ...


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My opinion is 5 minute break is not only for total context switch but for a rest too: stand up from computer, make some physical exercises, make tea/coffee/your favourite drink here, etc. I tended to do the same for sometime but noticed that I couldn't finish anything with such a schedule. What I've ended up is summing up all of these small tasks in 1 ...


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My rule of thumb is that when talking about productivity systems, the key term is PRODUCTIVITY, not SYSTEMS. Getting bogged down in the details of the system to the detriment of PRODUCTIVITY is just as effective as not using a system at all. Nothing in the world is black and white. I use pomodoro to break up tasks, but I've also been known to hunker down and ...


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The Pomodoro technique is there to help you improve your focus and get your work done. It is (only) a means to an (that) end. Why would you want to 'claim a pomodoro'? Is it not a measure for anything. Don't try to use it as a unit of time registration. If you need (to attend) meetings schedule them as necessary, they have nothing to do with pomodoros. With ...


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In our open office we have been doing team pomodoro's and it has been working great. A couple things we have learned during the process were: Have one person is in charge of keeping time. Be it a simple timer, an app, using the Phillips Hue lights etc... Since the entire team is focusing during that time, inner team distractions are minimized. Having some ...


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My personal rule of thumb with any organizational/productivity system (and pretty much everything I do) is "take what you like and leave the rest behind". When I look at the base INTENT of Pomodoro, it's to force me to take a physical and mental break from work so I stay mentally sharp. Far too often, unless interrupted, I can work 8 hours straight without ...


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I keep a small notebook and pen in my pocket, and write things there for later. I'm a GTD user, with intermittent Pomodoro within that when I need finer control. In GTD terms, you're asking about "Capture", how to get ideas and thoughts into your system for future processing. I've tried a number of different approaches, from various electronic tools ...


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I think you have to factor into this how many Pomodoro's you're going to want to do in a day plus when and how long your breaks (shorter ones and longer ones) are going to be - and quite possibly how much of a procrastinator you are. If my Pomodoros were always one hour long, I'd probably delay starting them as long as I could as the prospect of one hour of ...


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My rule is this: A pomodoro break must begin with me getting up from my desk, walking (even if briefly), stretching, getting water, etc. Any time left over I will use to do whatever I want back at my desk. Don't do it in the reverse. You'll never get up, and you'll find you'll get burned out easier.


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I found pomodoro technique effective when studying more practical subjects but in most other cases it was interfering with the tasks at hand. Here is why: Breaks act as a distraction it's difficult to grasp the idea if you study it in two runs they prevent being sucked by the subject and forgetting about time More tiring after 4 hours of studying ...


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The Pomodoro Technique is designed for concentration. It's a poor measure of work where all you need to the job is to be present (meetings, service, selling food). And a poor measure of things where you're not at threat of losing focus (being in court, surgery). In general, I won't clock a meeting in Pomodoros. You actually want meetings to be short and 5 ...


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The Pomodoro technique can certainly help when you need to make a decision and/or be creative, but it may depend on the person. People certainly can be creative under pressure and time constraints (for tips see this TedX talk). A professional writer for example won't have any problems using the pomodoro technique to do his/her work. Pomodoros help to focus ...


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In my opinion, that cannot be counted as a break. The main purpose of the break (in my experience) is to set you back to a "whole-picture-aware" state. By keeping focus on something, I think you maybe preventing that from happen. It's like you create a very short 5m pomodoro for yourself. My advice is to let the mind ramble free, maybe you can keep your ...


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When I'm in a Pomodoro mode, any task that doesn't take a full Pomodoro gets bundled with other tasks into a "mixed activity" Pomodoro. The idea of the break is to refresh yourself, if you simply change to another task you're not getting that benefit. I find physical exercise of some kind is most useful. Whether that's a walk around the office, a trip ...


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This is not 'bug' in the technique its a 'feature'. Mandatory breaks are there to break the habit of holding too much context in your head when you are working on a task. Holding too much context in your head prevents creativity( There is a research paper to this effect somewhere). You should practice doing work in small chunks. Also mandatory breaks give ...


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I had this exact same problem, and solved it by entering every task into Google Calendar...not as a TASK, but as an appointment. This keeps me on task, but as priorities change, I can easily move appointments between days as needed. It becomes an agile calendar. Beause of the layout of google cal, Saturday becomes my "backlog". I just dump stuff there if I ...


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As Gruber states the human brain is not ready for a "round robin". If you still want to try this method, you could change to the other project on the large pause after four pomodoros. But I woudn't recommend it. Or maybe you could add some gamification. As you complete goals on the boring project, you allow yourself to work N pomodoros on the exciting ...


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at this rate I will never finish the syllabus on time I can bet taking 5 minute break will not going to affect your schedule. On the other hand, it will keep your brain more active and focused. The focus time span of brain is limited. You cannot keep focused on something for a longer time (unless it's a pressing issue). When you take a break, you ...


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As with all productivity systems, one size does not fit all. As I just wrote yesterday in this post, the key is PRODUCTIVITY, not SYSTEM. If the system you're using doesn't make you feel productive, try something else. For me, I think less about Pomodor's 25/5 rule than I do its INTENT--taking breaks to allow your mind & body to briefly rejuvenate. ...


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Have you tried promodoroapp? It allows you to create categories. Personally, I just use simpler pomodoro app, and record daily/weekly goals on a spreadsheet or Basecamp. It's easy to get distracted by pomodoro apps with a lot of bells a whistles.



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