Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pomadoro --Organizing your time effectively

The Pomodoro technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals called 'Pomodoros' (from the Italian word for 'tomatoes') separated by breaks. Closely related to concepts such as timeboxing and iterative and incremental development used in software design, the method has been adopted in pair programming contexts. The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility

summary: Most people are only able to focus on a task for about 25 minutes before they need a break. Rather than trying to change this, the Pomodoro technique works with your limitations. Here’s the basic recipe:
  1. Pick a task you need to accomplish.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes and start working
  3. When the time rings, take a 5 minute break
  4. Repeat steps 1-3
  5. Ever four cycles, take a 25 minute break.
It seems too simple to be effective, but I decided to give it a try for just one morning at work;That was eight months ago and I haven’t turned back. Upon discovering that its simplicity is its strength, I’ve even adopted the Pomodoro technique at home.

The reason I think it works, has to do with left right brain functions.The left brain is usually used for socializing and multi-tasking. Right brain is for deeper concentration. The left doesn't like to give up its power to the right.. So by initiating this "game," we are able to trick our left brain to concentrate.

The main reason we don't get a lot of stuff done isn't because we are doing too little but we are doing too much! Thinking of doing the cleaning the house or any mundane task, makes it seem like a long time, with no real objective criteria of time. So we don't want to do it, because we could be doing more important things. But if we use the egg timer method, and say "I will clean for 25 minutes" them the task doesn't seem so bad. Plus if we don't clean everything in 25 minutes, we did do something and if done every day then, little by little work that  needs to be done--gets done.