Wednesday, September 22, 2010
You set a defined time frame for each of your tasks and get to do them one at a time. You can use a physical stopwatch, like the tomato kitchen clock (hence the name), or a computer application if you work mostly online.
For Mac users there are several apps, and some are freeware tools. Pomodoro, especially designed for this technique, as Renzo Borgatti’s Pomodori and Guillaume Cerquant’s TimeBoxed. For Windows you can use Keep Focused or Matomato.
Some simple stopwatch utilities for Windows can be downloaded (freeware) from the Portable freeware collection.
If you are an AIR user, Viktor Nordling’s Pomodairo works in any operating system as an air application.
A similar concept of slicing your tasks in actionable parts is what Vitamin-R offers. This app (Mac OS X) complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers, by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay.
Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.
Vitamin-R is available from Publicspace.
My GTD (Getting things done) illustrations
I conceived this blog basically to share my visual side notes of the Getting things done process. My most recent posts about GTD software and related topics have “masked” the original posts.
Here's a miniature with most of my sketches: this is what you will find, commented and in larger sizes, in those previous posts.
See also the article about GTD drawings.