Pomodoro, Intentionality and Me.
I was pretty bad with managing my time and keeping focus on one particular task.
I tried many approaches: from maintaining a to-do list, setting up reminders, reading self help books, drinking coffee, trying meditation, listening to music etc.
Nothing worked, Until I met “ Pomodoro technique”
In the last one year or so, I have gone better at managing my time. Its primarily because of using a productivity technique called Pomodoro technique.
The idea is pretty simple:
- You work on one task and only one task for a specific period of time. Usually this time period is somewhere between 20 to 25 mins. (Some call it “dash” too)
- After 20 mins are over, you take a break for 2–5 minutes.
- This process is called completing one “pomodoro”.
- After the break is over, you work on your task again (un-interrupted) for the next 20 mins.
- You take a break again and repeat this cycle 4–5 times.
- After you complete 4–5 pomodoros, you take a longer break say for 10–15 minutes.
(Honestly, I haven’t been able to master the last 2 steps, but I have gone pretty good at working on 1–2 un-interrupted tasks for a stretch of 20 mins! That means no Facebook, no email, no chatting, even not attending calls. )
I am so addicted to this technique, that I track most parts of my life using this technique. Even while writing this blog, I am tracking it via pomodoro. Currently. I am at my first pomodoro.
How does it helps:
- It helps me focus one task(and, only one task) at a particular instance of time.
- It gives me a sense of time. My mind is getting trained to what 20 mins of my life means.
- If you do it regularly, you go back and see what you did on a particular hour of a day. It helps in introspection and hopefully you can learn from your mistakes.
- Ever since I have started tracking this technique since September 2015, I have completed “545” pomodoros.
- Thats about “10,900 minutes” or “181 hours” or “7.5 days” of un-interrupted focusing.
- Flat pomodoro: I would highly recommend using Flat pomodoro app. Not only the design is super intuitive, it has some great analytics on your usage of pomodoro technique.
- App also supports “Todoist”, Calendar and Reminders integrations.
- One intentional life: This is the best podcast out there. There mission is pretty simple. You have one life and you should live it with intentionally.
Pomodoro graph :
- Sep’2015 to March’2016
( You can see dip in the month of December during the holiday season)
- Last 30 days: (I told you, I am getting better at it!)
- For last 30 days: Heat map of my active pomodoro hours mapped to time of the hour and day of the week
- Heat Map for March: Pretty active in the later half of the day(I am not a morning person)
Pomodoro and Intentionality:
Together with Pomodoro technique and intentionality one can live a purposeful and productive life.
(At the end of writing this blog: I completed 2 pomodoros with one distraction of a phone call from my wife)