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The 100 Pomodoro Experiment

A pomodori interval

A pomodori interval

To me, the Pomodoro Technique is the most effective method I’ve found to focus my effort. Whether I am writing, reading, researching, or analyzing, knowing that I have a 25-minute block of time dedicated to but one task keeps my mind on task, while also allowing me the freedom to take on multiple tasks in quick succession. In the 5-minute break I can freshen my coffee, stretch, and answer a text message before the ringer sounds off and the next interval begins again. This simple online version is great, and the iPhone app comes in close second.

As pictured above, the common use is to group four pomodoro together and call it a pomodori.

Pomodoro, pomodori.

Tomato, tomatoes.

Your reward for finishing off a Pomodori? A slightly longer break. Time for a longer walk, to answer two text messages, and make your game plan for the next pomodori. It’s an awesome system, and I highly recommend it.

That adoration, respect and enthusiasm I feel for the Pomodoro Technique is about to be pushed to the very limits.

Over the next week, I want to do 100 pomodoros. I want to do 25 pomodori. I want to work hard for 50 hours.

This is my juice cleanse, to rid my immediate schedule of detritus. This is my fast, to free myself of midday mental snacking. This weeklong, intentional project sprint will get me back on track.

I lost ground this week on my projects. The meetings and coffees I had were too often in the middle of the day, and too frequent. I wasn’t protective of my time. I said the same thing last week. And now, over the last three weeks now, with travel, food poisoning and a lack of focus, I believe I’ve lost momentum.

The 100 Pomodoro Experiment is my remedy.

To do that, I’ll identify 25 points of action, related to my upcoming projects, and spread them out over the next seven days.

The amount of work hours is no different than what I would put into any regular week as a television producer. The motivation behind it insures that the time, while not in greater quantity, will be much more productive, and thus, better spent.

But that’s enough time writing about it. It’s been 25 minutes, and now I have real work to do.


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