The Pomodoro Method for Time Management

If you read my last post, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I didn’t really talk about anything important like FIRE or budgeting or widening the gap between income and spending. I’m sorry I’m just too overwhelmed with work and Christmas shizit to really focus on anything worthwhile that this blog is supposed to be about. 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It felt good to get that out via true Canadian fashion by apologizing a total of 3 (three) times in a single paragraph.

So, remember how I was trying to get back into using the Pomodoro technique for time management? Well, today I Pom-ified my pre-Christmas To Do list.

A list of things with Pomodoros applied
Everything, Pom-ified.

I am notoriously bad at guessing how long something will take. Not good when one of your primary job functions is to provide estimates of effort for tasks. Although, it might be be more my lack of ability to focus on tasks for a reasonable length of time without distraction.

For example – cleaning the fridge and freezer may actually take me 2 Pomodoros! However, each one will be interrupted repeatedly by a needy 5-year-old, wanting this or that, resulting in the task doubling in duration. Therefore, I must carefully schedule these Pomodoros between the hours of 8pm and 9pm, which is the 1 hour a day I’m still awake but he is not.

Also I may bump the 65 hours up to 70 for a good bit of contingency Poms. One hour a day, 70 Poms, each 30 minutes in duration: that’s 35 days of Poms. Clearly I need to find more hours since Christmas is precisely 20 days away. Weekends I could get 3-5 Poms in per day. If Hubs can run interference, maybe even more! Perhaps I can stay up past 9 some nights *gasp*.

As you may have guessed, the next step is to take these 65 Pomodoro blocks of time and schedule them on my calendar. Wish me luck.

Hmm. Just noticed I forgot to put “write blog 2x per week” on the list. See you in January.



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