Smart Pomodoro Workflow

Pomodoro is a technique to allow for greater control on working. The main idea is that

  1. You pick a task, write it down.
  2. Start your Pomodoro timer.
  3. Work only on the task while the Pomodoro timer is ticking. No multitasking! No switching to something else - even for a minute!
  4. When the Pomodoro timer stops, you stop working at the task and mark it on paper.
  5. Take a break.
  6. Repeat the whole process from step 1.

Two issues come up with the basic Pomodoro technique.

  1. What if you are interrupted during a Pomodoro session?
  2. 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:

Smart Pomodoro Workflow.

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!