Pomodoro and Organising the Day

Pomodoro and Organising the Day

 If you've ever worked at Remote Working then you'll know the importance of organising your day. 

One way to do this is to use the Pomodoro Technique. Basically you split your day into 25 minute sections and take 5 or 10 minute breaks.

I first encountered it when pair programming but now use it when working remotely to organise my day.

For many developers, Pomodoro is useful for getting them going, and you may find the same.

Timers

Various timers are favoured, including websites and mobile apps.

I personally favour a physical kitchen timer (pictured above), having long ago learnt to block out various beeps from computer and mobile phone alike.

Structuring The Day

You might find it useful for splitting out your day and determining how productive you've been. Be careful though as number of pomodoros doesn't always equal productivity!

It can also become a way you start estimating tasks, as you look at as something and think that might take you 3, maybe 4 pomodoro periods.

I keep track of the number of pomodoros completed in a day and use it as a general measure of how my week has gone.

Ideas for Breaks

Breaks are important and Pomodoro is a way of making sure you take some!

During breaks consider housework or checking personal email, a short walk, exercises, tea or coffee or time on the mobile.

My favourites are Duolingo, the washing up, or dancing around to a song when no-one is watching.

Pomodoro Variants

Variants are commonplace, especially among developers, with different times for pomodoro sections and breaks.

Some like the Power Hour which is about finding an hour a day to focus entirely on one task.

Others like to skip a break if they are "in the zone" and take a slightly longer one at the next Pomodoro. This does risk never taking breaks.

Structure, But Not Content

This can give you a way of structuring your day, but not determining what you are actually going to do. We'll cover that another time!

 

 

Author

Duncan Thomson

A Remote Software and Database Contractor specialised in Umbraco, Duncan works from wherever he finds himself. He is the co-organiser of the Python Exeter and Data Science Exeter meetup groups and speaks about Remote Working, Umbraco, Python and .NET Outside of work he is keen on travel, random generation, foreign languages and good food.

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