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.
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