Posted on September 14th 2011 at 10:29am by SKN3

Everyone likes a good tomato, right? Well usually not for me but I will make an exception…

At SKN3 we have discovered that when you are working for yourself it is all too easy to get distracted. That one YouTube link someone sends to you soon becomes five-hundred and before you know it you have literally devastated an entire rainforest with the carbon emissions it takes the servers to deliver your crack like habit of pointless YouTube brain-farts. Wow that was a mouthful of a sentence. So what should one do?

About a month ago I was searching on techniques to help keep focused at work but without getting bogged down in graphs and that performance vs. keystrokes idiocy that some companies like to employ. I came across something called The Pomodoro Technique®.

We make addictive games using The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique® is a marvellous idea invented by Tibetan monks at the dawn of time... In fact that is a lie it was created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s. Regardless of where the technique came from it most definitely deserves some sort of mystical status. The Pomodoro Technique® consists of a simple method of: you work, you rest, you work, you rest... For every twenty-five minutes you work you get five minutes rest. At the end of your fourth 25 minute work session you take a 15 minute break instead and then reset. It is that simple.

Sceptical? We were at first; after a trial run of a few days it was clearly a perfect match! I have found that you look forward to the micro breaks, your brain can do the brain-fart it needs to and then you can power back into work five minutes later! Sometimes you feel like you are “pointlessly” cutting a task in half by taking a break but that is the point. With The Pomodoro Technique® you start to chunk your work into bite sized portions that don’t require a super computer the size of a room stuffed into your brain in order to remember the magnitude of the job at hand. (Punctuation fail!) You only have to focus on two things. The task you are working on; the 5 minutes break that will be your reward for working ever so hard!

So why the weird comment about tomatoes? The best tool I could find out there to manage The Pomodoro Technique®, was a small but perfectly ripened download called Tomighty. This little tool is a cross-platform “egg-timer” that pings, pops and automates the process of work.

Give it a try and let us know in the comments, but remember only in your allotted breaks…

by Ian Thomas on September 14th 2011 at 11:56pm.

Another great post - thanks for the tips. I'm off to throw some tomatoes...

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