Time-saving tinned or Best before Toms?

That’s two weeks of trying out Pomodoro in various forms, how did it all go?

Good for…

Nice Tomato Sauce

  • Keeping you going all day: the frequent breaks meant you haven’t expelled your energy in the morning
  • Less wound up: Even my wife noticed at the end day

Meh…

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  • Peaking: In the morning you’re a lot more awake, so each 25 minute session cuts you off in your prime! But, saying that, it helps balance the day for when you’re more tired in the afternoon
  • Naughty: Feels like you’re having too many breaks

Tips

Basil

  • Illusions: When you start Pomodoro, your time is all wibbly wobbly timey wimey squiffy, so you’re not sure if it’s lunch or the end of the day
  • Retrospective: Leave a sentence or two at the end of each session in your code
    • What you need to do next
    • What’s blocking you

Verdict:

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It’s very useful and it has kept me on task and working efficiently all day. The breaks also mean I get to stretch my legs and stop being like a battery-farm coder.

I think I’ll use it for days when it’s like flogging a dead horse, middle of the week slowdowns and after beers on a Friday lunch.

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Author: Dan Course

Dan Course, E-Learning Development at Warwick University (WMG). Agile Scrum trained and full-stack development. Interested in E-learning, Democracy, Politics and Tech. All thoughts are mine and not of my employer.