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Productivity and the Pomodoro Technique

Erika Heidi
September 14, 2013

Productivity and the Pomodoro Technique

A quick talk about productivity, concentration and the Pomodoro Technique

Erika Heidi

September 14, 2013
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  1. Productivity++
    A talk by @erikaheidi

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  2. whoami
    • Brazilian, PHP / Web Developer living in Amsterdam
    • Working from home with independent projects
    • Started as sysadmin and moved to development
    • Degree in Advertisement
    • Loves to write
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  3. Do you believe
    "Time is Money"?

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  4. What is productivity?
    Productivity is the ratio of output to inputs in production; it is a measure of
    the efficiency of production. - Wikipedia (Economy)
    Having more time would make you more
    productive?

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  5. don't be ridiculous.

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  6. How do we maximize our productivity?
    1. Diagnose your time problems
    2. Keep your focus
    3. ????
    4. PROFIT!
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  7. 1. Diagnose your
    time problems

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  8. 1. Time Diagnosis with Self-Tracking
    • A movement getting mainstream with the new technologies
    • It's all about numbers! - numbers don't lie
    • Pushes you to make changes, because make you conscious
    • Applications: http://quantifiedself.com/guide
    • For productivity, tracks browsing time: RescueTime, Slife
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  9. 3. Keep your focus

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  10. 3.1 The Concentration Issue
    • Excess of Information
    • Distractions: stuff that could wait
    • Scumbag Brain
    • Doesn't like "boring" activities
    • Normally, can't keep concentration for more than 45 to 60 minutes
    • Brain Hacks: "Task Gamification" and Relaxing intervals
    • Practice makes better, meditation can help

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  11. 3.2 The Pomodoro Technique
    • A block (one pomodoro) with no space for distractions (25 min)
    • Followed by a "free" interval (5 min)
    • Repeat 4 times - you have a set
    • After 4 pomodoros, the interval need to be bigger (25 min)
    • Pomodoros and intervals minutes are flexible
    • Awesome Google Chrome extension: Strict Workflow
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  12. Strict Workflow

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