The pomodoro technique is a simple time-management technique created by Francisco cirillo in 1992 that is more micro than GTD.
Using the pomodoro technique, choose a task to be completed, set the tomato time to 25 minutes, focus on the work, do not allow to do anything unrelated to the task in the middle, until the tomato clock rings, then draw an X on a piece of paper for a short break (such as 5 minutes), every 4 tomato intervals for a short break.
The pomodoro technique has dramatically increased productivity and created an unexpected sense of accomplishment.
- At the beginning of each day, plan out a few tasks for the day and write them down in a list (or software list).
- Set your tomato clock (timer software alarm clock, etc.) to 25 minutes
- Begin the first task until the tomato bell rings or reminds you (25 minutes to go).
- Stop working and draw an X after the task in the list.
- Rest for 3-5 minutes, drink water and so on.
- Start the next tomato clock, continue the cycle until the task is complete, and cross it off the list.
- After every four tomato clocks, take a 25-minute break.
- If you have to do it right away, stop the tomato clock and declare it invalid (even if it only has 5 minutes left), get it done, and then start the same tomato clock again
- If you don't have to do it right away, mark the item on your list with a comma (an interruption), put it on another list (unplanned event, for example), and then complete the tomato clock.