pomodoro-150x150Ok – so this turned out to be a larger project than I originally thought it would. I found this idea of the Pomodoro Technique and started adding it to my GTD and OmniFocus methods of working. Hey, that’s a post, right? Well, it actually turned into a series of posts starting with this one.

I think that’s the nature of any understanding, though. When we see something, it looks simple, complicated, whatever. Whatever it is we see is based upon our previous conceptions, our previous prejudices, and an amalgamation of previous experience. When we actually examine the concept, its intricacies and nuances become more apparent. When we actually get into a project, it becomes apparent that it takes much less or more time and effort than originally anticipated. A good system of working will take this into account.

OmniFocus and GTD allows us to draw a map of the Project’s landscape. A pomodoro is the legend along the bottom telling us the distance in time. Both the map and the legend are adjusted as we begin traveling. In the end, the map is not the landscape it is meant to represent, but it can sure help in getting us from point A to point B.

This series is likely best for those familiar with GTD, and are interested in continuing to optimize their productivity. (See also my previous series on OmniFocus and GTD starting with How to Use OmniFocus – A Guide for the Advanced User)

Time is a tremendously valuable resource, but Attention is the resource over which we actually have control. In this series, we’ll start off with a brief description of the Pomodoro Technique, conceived by Francesco Cirillo, followed by thoughts on integrating it with GTD. The GTD program used is OmniFocus though other programs or even pen and paper may work as well.

Comparing the two is a bit odd. GTD is an overarching general methodology of doing tasks throughout one’s life be they in personal or work environments, while the Pomodoro technique is a very specific action suited towards particular focused tasks. But, it is in this stark contrast by which the pomodoro technique can add another flavor to the productivity mix.

The future posts are tentatively titled:

  • Part II: How the Pomodoro Works
  • Part III: GTD and the Pomodoro – Areas of Conflict and Support
  • Part IV: GTD and the Pomodoro – Working Together
  • Part V: The Practical – Best Uses for Pomodoro in GTD
  • Part VI: Practical Matters: Using OmniFocus to integrate a Pomodoro Routine
  • Part VII: Final Thoughts on the Pomodoro

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