First the facts:
Here are some advertised benefits:
It's not all rosey in the garden though. Here are some recorded challenges with the Pomodoro Technique:
As you can see, the effectiveness of the Pomodoro Technique can vary according to the person deploying it.
+ Those who like structure and feel like they need all the support they can get to overcome procrastination and get things done, love it.
- Those who are free-flowing, relatively disciplined, able to focus easily and emotionally opposed to any sort of constraint, like it less!!!
For the more visual and auditory amongst you, have a quick look at this week's video for some more details on the technique and a few clues on how to make it work, regardless of which camp you may be in today.
I like to think in terms of principles. Techniques, tools and even strategies are often specific in terms of the way they are set out. If they are not working for you, take a step back and ask yourself some more strategic questions:
This approach will naturally lead you to explore different methods of both construction and implementation. You may choose to flex the session times. You may choose to apply the approach only at certain points in a process or at specific times of the day when you feel it more useful. You may even just take the concept, deconstruct it altogether and then use just parts of it. Parking distractions is a popular element and automated by many of the apps you can buy to help you with this.
My favourite principle though is the one that of setting a time-limit for a task, especially if it's important and I suspect it may take a lot of time. Time limits utilise Parkinson's Law which states that all work expands to the time allotted. Therefore, restricting the time available should have the opposite effect. I am constantly amazed at how resourceful my brain gets when I set an arbitrary time limit. I remember all sorts. I instantly find information I thought had been lost years ago. I pluck amazing insights out of thin air to share with my wonderful readers. (Okay, the last one may be a bit of a stretch, but you know what I mean!)
In answer to the question, "Is The Pomodoro Technique Effective", I offer you two answers and a thought to ponder.
This final thought from one of my favourites:
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