12/7/2009

Do you ever look at the clock and wonder where the day went? You spent all this time at work and didn’t come close to getting everything done. Now you can reclaim your day. Try the Pomodoro Technique, originally developed by Francesco Cirillo, to work in focused sprints throughout the day.

In Pomodoro Technique Illustrated (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $24.95), Staffan Nöteberg shows you how to organize your work to accomplish more in less time. There’s no need for expensive software or fancy planners. You can get started with nothing more than a piece of paper, a pencil, and a kitchen timer.

You’ll apply successful techniques from software engineering to identify what you should be doing today and to help you achieve your goals. Your mind won’t wander when it is fully engaged in short bursts of focused activity. Set the timer and start on your next Pomodoro. When the bell rings take a break. This personal approach to timeboxing is at the core of the Pomodoro technique and this book is filled with advice on how get started and how to tailor it to your own needs.

Staffan says, “The small iterations and the daily commitment shrink what’s important for me at this moment. While in a Pomodoro, I don’t care about the future or about the past, I can focus on the work at hand. But there’s also time to reflect on the big picture when you are planning in the morning, when allocating priorities before every Pomodoro, and at the end of the day.”

Time is your most precious commodity. Learn how to make the most of it. Start with the Pomodoro Technique Illustrated first thing tomorrow.

About the Author

Staffan Nöteberg has 20 years of experience as a freelance software developer, Agile coach, and conference speaker. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden and Istanbul, Turkey. And he’s not only focused on his own productivity; he’s also passionate about helping all kinds of office people to improve their personal time management.

What People Are Saying

Staffan gives us the theory and practice of Francisco Carillo’s “Pomodoro Technique”, in an enjoyable package with wonderful illustrations. This is a delightful and useful book!—Ron Jeffries, www.XProgramming.com

Book Information

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Pomodoro Technique Illustrated

The Easy Way to Do More in Less Time

by Staffan Nöteberg

ISBN: 9781934356500, 144 pages, $24.95US, $31.95CA, 7.5×9.

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