My good friend and colleague Catherine Louis told me about Pomodoro about a month ago. It’s a personal time management technique that calls for some light daily planning followed time-boxed working sessions called Pomodoros which are named for the tomato shaped kitchen timer, (Italian for tomato). I carry a stopwatch around or use the timer on my Mac. It’s too hard to carry my stove around on which is the only real kitchen timer I have. Each time-box is 25 minutes followed by a short break. You estimate workload in pomodoros, an analog to story points. Meaning that multiple pomodoros of work should be broken down into smaller jobs. Read more here. Having trouble concentrating? Try a 10 minute Pomodoro to start.
I wrote this post in less than one Pomodoro!