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    onlineiq
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    Furthering the 4 hr work week and cool productivity concepts, I have recently discoverd the Pomodoro Technique http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

    Much simpler than the ‘getting things done’ and seems to be just as effective – just need one piece of paper an my iphone (to time my tasks), and it creates incredible focus and productivity.

    Work on tasks is in 25 minute blocks and you cannot deviate onto anything else. But you realize that 25 minutes is a really good time period – enough to do something seriously useful, but not enough to get bored and want to be distracted…well.. the link above takes you to info about the technique and a free pdf to download which is all you will need to get started.

    Love to hear what you think of it.

    Ursh
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    Burgo
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    An interesting technique, not suitable for most industries unfortunately and it still leaves you working IN your business and not ON your business.

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    onlineiq
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    I’m not sure why you think it can’t be used to work ON your business…its a productivity system which allows you to work on whatever you have determined your priorities and work to be.

    I think its really worth a look – have found it to be really good.

    Ursh

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    Burgo
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    Simply because if I was to stop every 25 minutes for 5 minutes it would take me almost twice as long to earn the money I earn. The customer want the best possible job done in the shortest possible time, therefore you continue working until the job is completed one hour two hours three hours or on rare occassions 4 hours

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    Robert Gerrish
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    Thanks for sharing Ursh, I’ve downloaded the book and will certainly take a look, it looks interesting.

    Robert

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    ActiveCounselling
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    Any technique that gets you taking action to manage your time, your tasks and your life are worth looking at.

    It’s all about finding the one that works for you as an individual. Some people are instinctive time managers and simply do not need these techniques. While others, like me, are easily distracted by new ideas and concepts and need every bit of help we can get.

    25min is too short for me, I tend to work in 1 hour blocks most days while other days I set aside for large tasks.

    Friday afternoons is my clean up time where I do all the 5min jobs that have been put off too long.

    Regards,

    David

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    King
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    maybe it is written for gen Y people, not the solid older workers.

    Without looking, does it also recommend changing employer every 12-18 months as well LOL

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    onlineiq
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    well I’m a baby boomer, so I don’t know what that says about me:)

    I love working hard – the technique is really about focus and not giving in to distractions.

    I have put up a bit of a synopsis of it here. Its not for everyone I’m sure, but I’ve stuck to it and it has made a significant impact to what I get done – including those things I avoid doing!

    Well off to start my week and my first Pomodoro!

    Ursh


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    Confident Woman Australia
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    onlineiq, post: 20116 wrote:
    Furthering the 4 hr work week and cool productivity concepts, I have recently discoverd the Pomodoro Technique http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

    Much simpler than the ‘getting things done’ and seems to be just as effective – just need one piece of paper an my iphone (to time my tasks), and it creates incredible focus and productivity.

    Work on tasks is in 25 minute blocks and you cannot deviate onto anything else. But you realize that 25 minutes is a really good time period – enough to do something seriously useful, but not enough to get bored and want to be distracted…well.. the link above takes you to info about the technique and a free pdf to download which is all you will need to get started.

    Love to hear what you think of it.

    Ursh
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    http://www.onlineiq.biz
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    I like the concept and have downloaded the book. Thanks. I am like you I find it very easy to get distracted by new ideas; and the small easy to do jobs. I think I could do this in larger than 25 min chunks though.
    Thanks for sharing
    Rachel.
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    onlineiq
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    You’re welcome!

    I am still using it, and it is really good. Excellent with making yourself focus.

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    NeuroWebDesign
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    I’ve tried Promodoro. I agree, it’s not about breaking every 25 minutes, its about focus. I think those of us who spend a lot of time in front of a computer (with the damn internet one-click away) need to pay particular attention to making sure we keep on task.

    For me, the single most effective suggestions I’ve ever heard come from the guy I consider to have some of the most relevant and genius thinking on the topic of productivity. He’s kind of the productivity anti-hero, Merlin Mann of 43folders.com.

    Anyway, to cut the ‘GTD’ fat and get down to business I’d thoroughly recommend his post: Gangs, Constraints, and Courageous Blocks.

    It’s a podcast.

    Enjoy,
    Brad.

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    FionaFell
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    I used a technique similar, but varied the timings slightly to help me survive at ~18 hour weekend of packing and moving house.

    Helped me survive with my sanity intact, (also helped me keep up my required caffeine levels too.)

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    Steve_Minshall
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    King, post: 20747 wrote:
    maybe it is written for gen Y people, not the solid older workers.

    Without looking, does it also recommend changing employer every 12-18 months as well LOL

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Thanks King that made my lunch break!

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    Melinda B
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    Burgo, post: 20193 wrote:
    Simply because if I was to stop every 25 minutes for 5 minutes it would take me almost twice as long to earn the money I earn. The customer want the best possible job done in the shortest possible time, therefore you continue working until the job is completed one hour two hours three hours or on rare occassions 4 hours
    Stopping every 25 minutes would drive me crazy – when I’m focussed I can lose hours and not look up until the project is done. Which is why I actually book time with myself to pick the kiddo up from school because otherwise I’ll forget what time it is!

    25 minutes is a really short space of time, most research I’ve read says that 50 minutes is optimum for focus and that it takes around 10-15 minutes to bring your concentration and focus on the task at hand. So of every 25 minute block you’d only be getting around 15 minutes of full concentration.

    I’ll have a better look at it later, but I do have my doubts – for my own use anyway.

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    talk2pj
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    Mons. Gerrish recently introduced me to the Pomodoro Technique. I’ve been working towards implementing GTD (Getting Things Done, by David Allen), but it’s not exactly simple. I’ll still pursue GTD, but I love the Pomodoro.

    The 30-min. blocks (25 mins work; 5 mins break) help my mindset – I know I can hammer my work for 25 mins, as opposed to thinking, “Here we go; see you in 4 hours!” There are “rules” to the Pomodoro Technique, too. The main one for me is to have laser-like focus, avoiding ANY interruption. There’s a lot of research out there about how much time you waste regaining your focus after you’ve been distracted.

    I find when I come back to the work (my next pomodoro), I have a fresher mindset, which makes me more efficient. Give it a crack! (BTW, after four “pomodoros” you’re meant to have a 15-30 min. break.)

    Paul

    P.S. If you have an iPhone, there are some “pomodoro” apps out there. I’m using “DeskClock”, which has a 25-min. pomodoro timer. It also lets you record what client you’re working on, so you can bill them the right number of hours.

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