I recently reviewed a new webapp call Pomodoro Daisuki on a tip from Jim Benson at Personal Kanban. Pomodoro Daisuki is a chrome app that combines a simple digital personal kanban board along with the the basic functionality of the pomodoro technique.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management philosophy that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness, thereby allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue.
The process is simple. For every project throughout the day, you budget your time into short increments and take breaks periodically. You work for 25 minutes, then take break for five minutes.
Each 25-minute work period is called a “pomodoro”, named after the Italian word for tomato. Francesco Cirillo used a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato as his personal timer, and thus the method’s name.
After four “pomodoros” have passed, (100 minutes of work time with 15 minutes of break time) you then take a 15-20 minute break.
Every time you finish a pomodoro, you mark your progress with an “X”, and note the number of times you had the impulse to procrastinate or switch gears to work on another task for each 25-minute chunk of time.
The Pomodoro techniques isn't for everyone in every situation but it can provide a systematic way to tackle you daily to-do list. Personally it is not for me.
I am a big fan of the personal kanban system as I have written about before so if you are looking for a simple easy to set-up kanban board this may be for you. It costs nothing so give it a try. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment here.
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