Pomodoro is a technique to allow for greater control on working. The main idea is that
- You pick a task, write it down.
- Start your Pomodoro timer.
- Work only on the task while the Pomodoro timer is ticking. No multitasking! No switching to something else - even for a minute!
- When the Pomodoro timer stops, you stop working at the task and mark it on paper.
- Take a break.
- Repeat the whole process from step 1.
Two issues come up with the basic Pomodoro technique.
- What if you are interrupted during a Pomodoro session?
- What if you complete the task before the Pomodoro timer goes off?
I believe that both cases can be handled by modifying step 4 of the above list, so that it includes:
If you are interrupted, or you complete the task before the Pomodoro timer stops, then stop the Pomodoro timer manually, and continue to the next step.
This little change makes a big difference to the original Pomodoro technique. It ensures that you work on a task uninterrupted, that you stay in the zone. You are required to start-over the whole process if you are interrupted, or you complete a task early.
The smart thing is that a Pomodoro session is for one and one task only. The smart thing is that a Pomodoro session can’t be interrupted - it can only be stopped.
So, the Smart Pomodoro process is as follows:
The key thing to note is that this approach enforces you to work on a task for a set period of time without interruptions and task switching. The Pomodoro timer can be set to anything you like. Ideally, with the Smart Pomodoro workflow, you will achieve an in-the-zone working experience!