The Flowtime Technique

The six columns are: Task, Start, Stop, -| (interruption), WT (work time), and BT(expected break time)
YES, my handwriting is terrible.

How the Flowtime Technique fulfills the 3 characteristics that make Pomodoro effective

1. Tracking time

  • With the Flowtime Technique you input your start time, end time, break time, work time, and whether or not you were interrupted.
  • With the raw data you can see when and how long you worked, and thats enough for most people
  • With a bit of data mining and maybe plugging stuff into exel, you can graph your productive times of day, how long you can work after an x minute long break, what your average work length is what times of day you are most productive, etc.
  • With the data you gather with FlowTime you don’t only see how many big chunks it takes to complete a certain type of task, you see the exact time the task took, you will see your patterns of fatigue and recovery, and you will learn to schedule your most difficult and fatiguing tasks in your most energized part of your day.

2. Unitasking

  • By picking one task and writing it down you commit to only doing that one task between the time you start and the time you choose to stop.
  • A timer might not be watching you work but you are still putting yourself on the hook by writing down your one task.
  • The flexible breaking makes necessary switching between tasks easy, so you never have to “just take this one call” while you’re trying to finish a Pomodoro.

3. Taking Breaks

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