I tend to avoid using timers for anything other than monitoring network performance - or baking cookies.
I seldom time myself doing anything because I find timers annoying and disruptive to my concentration. Maybe if I were a professional athlete; or responsible for launching a nuclear counterstrike, my performance and work times would be something worth staying on top of. But I am neither that well compensated, nor that important to the world at large. I have a regular job and a fairly regular life. And something like Pomodoro
does IMO add an additional layer of "doing" I neither want nor need to get my stuff done.
So (speaking only for myself) I agree with the comment in the article that Pomodoro may well be guilty of: "over-analyzing the issue and creating complexity where none is needed."
But that can be said of any technique once it gets promoted as a "one size fits all situations" solution. "Babies and hammers," as the saying goes.
I believe in fitting the technique to the task rather than the other way around. So while something like Pomadoro
may be helpful in certain situations, I can't see where it would be a universally beneficial for every task or personal work style.
I mean hey - if it works - go for it!
But just for the record: Pomodoro doesn't
work for me.
Not even in conjunction with that slick looking "tomato timer" (PomodoroPro
) someone talked me into loading on my iPhone. (see below)
My work style is pretty basic. I simply put in whatever time and effort the task requires. I don't push myself to exhaustion. But I don't lock myself into a rigid work/break cycle either. I'm quite good at detecting when additional effort on my part is becoming counterproductive. When I feel that happening, I'll either take a break, or move onto something else.
Not too formal or scientific. But it works for me.