Published: December 2012
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. Tomorrow, try something new. Use the Pomodoro Technique, originally developed by Francesco Cirillo, to work in focused sprints throughout the day. In Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, 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. Unabridged Audio Book; m4b (iTunes), mp3 and ogg formats. Also available in paperback and ebook formats.
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You have so much you need to accomplish today. Your list is a mile long and you find yourself getting interrupted every other minute. You’d like to tell everyone to leave you alone, but most of the interruptions are coming from you! You think of a phone call you need to make or a web site you need to check and before you know it you’re answering email, checking Twitter, and finding a million other things to occupy your time.
You need to focus—really focus.
The Pomodoro Technique puts you back in charge of your day. 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.
Learn to work less and accomplish more using nothing more than paper, pencil, and a simple kitchen timer.
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 to get started and how to tailor it to your own needs.
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.
Don Fernando Azevedo, Ph.D. is a voice talent, clinical psychologist, executive coach, and leadership trainer with 25 years of experience working with individuals, families, work teams, and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. In 2012 he founded Bear Cave Audio with his son, Ben, as his audio engineer and creative director. He lives in Cary, NC with Janice, his wife of 30 years; his daughter, Kym; and their dog, Tug.
Published: December 2012