Pomodoro Technique - Throw Starfish Episode 003
I've found the Pomodoro Technique really useful...I don't use it everyday, but regularly; often to get me focusing and in to working if I'm not finding it easy.
You can listen to all three of our experiences with it here, but it's fundamentally a really-really simple system of shutting out all distractions for 25minutes of focused worked with short 5minute breaks in between...followed by a longer break after the 4th stint for 15-30minutes.
So a full cycle of ‘Pomodori’ is:
1) 25mins Work + 5mins Break
2) 25mins + 5mins
3) 25mins + 5mins
4) 25mins + 15-30mins Long Break
TOTAL = 2hrs 10m to 2hrs 25m
I don't always stick to the 25 minute work stints if I'm really in flow (sometime I don't even hear the buzzer), but taking regular breaks does really help with keeping my energy levels up throughout the day...so to help I use the Clockwork Tomato App on Android.
So give it a go, let us know how you get on...
UPDATE Fri 30th Dec 2016
I'm currently playing around with the Work Stint times to see what works best for as I've found 25minutes a little bit too short and keep running over in to my break quite a lot...fortunately this is changeable in Clockwork Tomato (not sure about other Apps / iOS)