Have a Less Stressful Job with Better Time Management

By | May 22, 2014

I’ve been bombarded with tasks at work.  When you constantly get interrupted, it is hard to keep a positive outlook on your day.  While listening to a .Net Rocks! podcast episode #980 “ Managing Your Career with John Sonmez“, they talked about a tool I tried out about a year ago, but let slip by me:  The Pomodoro Technique® (trademark Francesco Cirillo).

The trouble I had when first trying this technique (my only job was software developer) was that I already had a task list from Team Foundation and Scrum, and it seemed like I was just repeating lists.  Now that I need to manage things and people outside of pure development, it makes great sense.

The thing I like about the technique is that I can, at the start of the day, make a list of things I need to accomplish that day.  That list almost never gets done, but the interruption list builds up from the bottom.  Where I used to have only a sense of never accomplishing anything during the day (because of interruptions), I now have a list at the end of the day of things I have done.

I used to go home feeling like the day was a complete waste because I did not complete what I set out to do.  Now I can look back and say “you know what?  I really did accomplish quite a bit today!”

I still keep my daily paper, but I also use KanBan Flow to keep my master list, and to timebox my work iterations.

Give it a shot!  I’m really feeling less stressed because of it.

 

This blog is not affiliated with, associated with, or endorsed by the Pomodoro Technique® or Francesco Cirillo.

 

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