Pomodoro Technique Illustrated (Pragmatic Life) Paperback – 7 Jan. 2010
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""This is an easy read with a life-changing message to all of us who have "too much to do and not enough time." Since Staffan introduced me to the Pomodoro Technique, I have become a better person, both professionally and in my private life. This is a book I wish I had read years ago!""--Thomas Nilsson CTO, Agile Mentor, Responsive Development Technologies AB
""The Pomodoro Technique is the one action-planning technique that fits exactly as conceived into Agile approaches to projects. If you want to learn the technique and become excellent at it, you need this book. Staffan brings humor, examples, and a step-by-step approach to making the Pomodoro Technique work for you. Your overall estimates will become better, and you'll get more work done.""--Johanna Rothman, Author, Consultant
""The Pomodoro Technique is amazing in its simplicity and its power to make you more productive, and this book is the perfect introduction to the technique.""--Dave Klein Author, ""Grails: A Quick-Start Guide""
About the Author
Staffan Noteberg has 20 years of experience as a freelance software developer, Agile coach, and conference speaker. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden and Istanbul, Turkey. And he's not only focused on his own productivity; he's also passionate about helping all kinds of office people to improve their personal time management.
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The Pomodoro Technique works like this:
When you wake up in the morning you list a lot of small task you wanted to accomplish for the day. You rank your to-do list according to priority.
In knocking out your to-do list, you set the kitchen timer for 25 minutes for your 1st task. Rest for 5 minutes; make coffee, social media, or try to absorb and visualise the big picture from the 1st task. Evaluate again quickly which task needed to be the next priority. Set the timer for 25 minutes for your next task and so on.
At night, you evaluate your progress. Think how to further improve your pomodoro process and analyse if you are meeting your life objectives.
Of course there is more to it than that. Along with the more detailed mechanics there are notes on why you need it, how to plan your day and analyse your performance at the end of the day. How to deal with the many and varied interruptions both of our own making and of others that make this technique both initially difficult and rewarding as you cope with them. Finally how to adapt it to your own needs and how to use it when working with others, say if pair programming.
This book is short and easy to read. The top third of every page is taken up with one of Staffan's very nice hand drawn pictures and the text is simple and succinct. I've really enjoyed other books on the 'Pragmatic Bookshelf' such as 'Practices of an Agile Developer' and 'Ship It!', and this is a great addition.
To my mind the technique is best suited for people working alone with relatively few interruptions, though there is some discussion of pair and team working using it, but I'm not convinced how successful this might actually be.
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Perfetto come libro introduttivo per apprendere le basi della tecnica. Allo stesso tempo credo che, se avete letto "F.Cirillo: The Pomodoro Technique", vi servirà sicuramente a fissare in maniera duratura i concetti e le meccaniche su cui si basa la metodologia.
I am retired but can easily see how I can adapt this to various activities.
In my case it was mostly because I wanted to try another book from the "Pragmatic programmer" collection.
As a whole I am not disappointed, this book is a good refresher on the pomodoro technique, and the "illustrated" feature is indeed enjoyable.
If you don't know anything about Mind Maps, or if you don't like mind maps, you should nonetheless be warned that most of the illustrations are mind maps, and that they get sometimes a bit repetitive (some are just copied from the previous chapter with a minor update).
C'est tout simplement ce qu'il fait pour lui et ça semble marcher pour lui.
Chacun aurait ses propres durées.
De plus, il n'est pas du tout l'instaurateur de cette technique. il a lu un bouquin et s'est dit : "tiens, je vais raconter ma version du pomodoro"
Son livre est redondant et pourrait être résumé en quelques phrases :
" Travaillez sans lever le nez jusqu'à être un peu épuisé, puis faites une véritable pause d'1/4 de temps d'étude, puis gardez ce rythme à chaque fois pour habituer votre cerveau".
Bonjour le scoop
Enfin, son livre est cher et ne vaut clairement pas + de 2 € (surtout au format ebook).
But it's a few details that for me made all the difference and I didn't understand those details until I read this book. One is that a Pomodoro is atomic. For any non-science people that means that if you try to break it into a smaller piece, it explodes. This helped me immensely with getting things done. Zero interruptions allowed because that would explode the Pomodoro, which helps me focus for the whole time. My kids really took to this concept and finally stopped interrupting when I work from home. I use a Time Timer so they can see if I'm in a Pomodoro and not "explode" it.
Another concept that helped me immensely was gauging success not on how much I produce but how many Pomodori I complete. It makes sense that if I'm maintaining really focused work, I can feel successful even if I'm not finished. This has been revolutionary for me. I hate doing my computer work. I've discovered it takes me about 4 Pomodori to complete a week's worth of my least favorite task. I always felt drained by how long it can take. And some parts take longer than others and then I get discouraged. Now I just focus on completing those 4 Pomodori and with each one I feel proud of myself for focusing that long.
I'd recommend this book to someone who isn't sure if the Pomodoro technique is for you... Because it might be!