Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro Technique

So who has heard of this?  Just a quick summary of what it is and why you should be using it in your daily life. Now we have all been through the lectures in grade school, College, Work … about using efficient Time Management. But just how do you go about and reconcile your daily activities to make the most of your time.  I have looked into different methodologies of Time Management for the past few years, and something always stuck in my mind that there just has to be a better way.  Hey I know I will get an iPad, iPhone, new computer. Yeah right and hand over all of your hard earned money to the next great junk dealer. 

For years I have went through great lengths to make the most of my time throughout the day.  In college I would study for endless hours just to think to myself that I could have done better on that test if I was to just spent a little more time in studying.  Was that the problem? Not really. It boils down to how effective was I to use a selective block of time to complete a certain section of a book, build a program of a number of different soft skills tha twe just really don’t put into focus. 

I was watching a lecture about effective Time Management and term I had never heard of. The Pomodoro Technique.  So how good is this vs TQM, or Time Management 101, and the list goes on?  Well let’s say that within a given block of time, 4 hours, you break apart a certain set of task that have to be completed during that section of time. But here is what is so cool, out of the 4 hours you separate those task into 25 minute blocks of time.  That gives you 8 blocks of time.  But wait there is a problem here… Right? not really…  look at the graph below:


TASK 1 12:00 12:20 1 pomodoro unit, 5 min break
TASK 2 12:30 2:30 4 pomodoro units, 4@5 min breaks
TASK 3 2:30 3:30 2 pomodoro units, 2@5 min breaks
TASK 4 3:30 4:00 1 pomodoro unit, 5 min break

   So this is all well and good and here is what happens. During this time you concentrate on the specific mastery skill you are working on and not have any interruption during that set of time block.  I started applying this exact principle to my coding.  At first I had a difficult time setting aside the time but was able to come up with my own time schedule and haven’t deviated from it.  It works great.  There are some awesome books that cover this technique.  Go check them out.