Time and Tomatoes

Time management for students (and others!). It is excellent for overcoming fear of time and achieving focus.

This is our recommended technique for time management because:

  • It is easy to learn
  • Simple to practice
  • Can be done on paper or computer
  • It is free
  • It is very effective - particularly when you are working with:
    • Tasks that are desk-based (rather than juggling meetings)
    • Lots of different things at once (such as subjects)

Rather than re-invent the wheel here is the link to the downloads page that gives you access to a book and resources.

http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/products.html

edit... the original version gave away a free pdf book that describes the technique in terms of a progression of objectives - I've not read the latest version, it is now a 'proper' ebook and costs a fair bit. Old free edition is now attached.

Don' t be intimidated by there being a book to read - it is very simple, and is presented in easily digested chunks that build into something quite sophisticated and very powerful without really noticing it.

This is good because it is accesssible.

Please note that this is really task management - use the GROW sheets to look at the big picture and combine it with this technique to give you the focus to follow through.

It is essential to have a timer - mine cost 99p and I also have one on my computer for free.

For the techy in you here are some links:

http://www.pomodorohelper.com/ (free online Pomodoro technique)

http://www.focusboosterapp.com/ (free timer for pomodoro technique that works on any operating system)

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