Published on February 2nd, 2011 | by Kyith0
2 Reasons why the Pomodoro Technique doesn’t always work
I think the Pomodoro Technique suits some people. My friend Wilson recently chanced upon it and find that it really helps him to focus on small amount of work at a time.
It also allows you to know when you should have a break.
If you are on the Android Smartphone you can check out Pomodroido which enables you to practice the Pomodoro on the Android platform. Here is my review of it >>
For folks who want to learn the technique, the ebook is FREE and can be viewed here >>
However not everyone agrees with it.
Colin T. Miller, a Yahoo! employee and blogger tried it and have this to say:
Pomodoros are an all or nothing affair,” he says. “Either you work for 25 minutes straight to mark your X or you don’t complete a pomodoro. Since marking that X is the measurable sign of progress, you start to shy away from engaging in an activity if it won’t result in an X. For instance…meetings get in the way of pomodoros. Say I have a meeting set for 4:30pm. It is currently 4:10pm, meaning I only have 20 minutes between now and the meeting…In these instances I tend to not start a pomodoro because I won’t have enough time to complete it anyway
Mario Fusco argues the following:
Aren’t we really able to keep ourselves concentrated without a timer ticketing on our desk?…Have you ever seen a civil engineer using a timer to keep his concentration while working on his projects?…I think that, like any other serious professional, I can stay concentrated on what I am doing for hours…Bring back your timer to your kitchen and start working in a more professional and effective way.
To a certain extend I do agree with them. You should be able to break and monitor your time in short intervals. But we human beings sometimes suffer from short attention spans and distractions.
This technique aims to address that by using a timer. I don’t think it will always work myself.
For me, I follow David Allen’s Getting Things Done using WAToDo! Android To Do List. The key to assign specific time tags to tasks so that you can focus on short task better.
Notice the *long, *medium, *short tags. WAToDo! is flexible enough for you to specify that.
Once you assign tasks with these duration specific contexts, all you need to do is selected location and time specific context to focus on it: