My long-time pal (and Cool Tools
and Boing Boing
colleague) Mark Frauenfelder has just launched a new newsletter, called The Magnet
. There is a free version and a paid subscription version. More info here
In his first issue
, he talks about the Pomodoro productivity technique. This is a method for trying to focus on the work at hand in our extraordinarily distracted modern world. The basic idea is to set a timer for a set interval of time (say, 25 minutes), come up for air for a set interval (say 10 minutes), set the timer again, rinse, repeat. When under the timer, you do nothing
but the work at hand. No checking your phone, email, FaceFart, etc.
I had no idea it had a name, but I’ve used the timer technique for years. Sometimes, it’s the only way I can get anything productive done. I set my timer for 56 minute sessions (don’t ask).
If you have similar distraction issues, consider giving this method a try.