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Pomodoro technique made easy
on 31 January 2011
The pomodoro technique enthusiasts will make a great point by telling you that it's very simple to just start using it right away - all you need is some paper, a pencil and a timer of some sort (with an alarm). That is true - but before getting there, first of all you need to make sure that the technique is right for you. And if it is right, you need a good level of enthusiasm to keep you motivated to put the effort into using it, before it becomes part of your daily routine.
That's what this book does, and does it great - it's a fun, engaging, easy to understand presentation of the pomodoro technique. The book is short (you can read it all at once, like I did) yet comprehensive - it will give you all you need to start using the technique right away and be productive. Even more, it will fire you up - it will make you believe in your potential and in what you can achieve one pomodoro at a time.
I've read the book more than a year ago and I've been using the pomodoro technique, on a daily basis, ever since.
Finally, for the pomodoro beginners - keep an open mind when it comes to metrics. Staffan puts a lot of emphasis on measuring interruptions - me on the other hand, I'm more interested in other metrics to improve my productivity, such as number of completed pomodoros vs. voided pomodoros, productivity (no. of completed pomodoros) per day / day of week / week / month, number of pomodoros per period of day, etc. So pick the metrics that make YOU curious, and that help YOU improve your workflow and become more productive.
I recommend this book as being better than the original pomodoro book - it's a must read if you're considering trying the pomodoro technique.