Before

In my previous post I talked about my first experience with Pomodoro.

Now we are 10 days later. Time for an update!

Tools

I continued using Pomodoro Time for iPhone.

Pomodoro timer

Pomodoro timer

The Apple Watch app works well and gives a notification after a pomo is finished. You can also start a new pomo from the watch.

Apple Watch app

Apple Watch app

In the iPhone app I discovered that you can actually disable the screen lock that annoyed me in the beginning.

settings

App settings

What is nice is that you can make different pomo timers in the app. You can get some statistics to see how much you worked on each task.

Pomodoro tasks

Pomodoro tasks

 

Measuring productivity

At first I was looking at Pomodoro mainly as a way to measure productivity.

Now that I’ve been using the Pomodoro technique more often, I found other benefits too.

Focus

One of the main benefits is focus. The goal is to work for 25 minutes without distraction thus helping you to focus at one task at a time.

Forcing myself to focus without distractions had a positive impact on my productivity.

Planning

Another great benefit of Pomodoro for me is the impact on planning.

25 minutes is not that long but actually you can get a lot done in this time if you are really focused.

For weekly planning it has great benefits using Pomodoro. I have a lot of small side projects going on (like this blog). Every week I try to calculate the number of pomos that I can finish in my free time for that week.

Then I will assign 1 or more  pomos to each side project in my weekly planning. This way I’m sure that there is a little bit of progress for each side project, even if it is only 25 minutes of work per week.

After all, it is better to have small progress than no progress!

Conclusion

Pomodoro is not magic. Use it for what it is worth and don’t get too wrapped up in the rules.

I still need to build more habit for starting up the app and measure every pomo. But even when not measuring each pomo, I see a clear benefit in planning.