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Pomodoro Technique Illustrated

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Do you ever look at the clock and wonder where the day went? You spent all this time at work and didn't come close to getting everything done. Tomorrow try something new. Use the Pomodoro Technique to work in focused sprints throughout the day. In Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, Staffan N teberg shows you how to organize your work to accomplish more in less time. There's no need for expensive software or fancy planners. You can get started with nothing more than a piece of paper, a pencil, and a kitchen timer.

Table of Contents

  1. Pomodoro Technique Illustrated
    1. Copyright
    2. For the Best Reading Experience...
    3. Table of Contents
    4. What Readers Are Saying About Pomodoro Technique Illustrated
    5. Foreword by Francesco Cirillo
    6. Foreword by Henrik Kniberg
    7. Chapter 1: One Activity at a Time
      1. A Cucumber and an Artichoke Meet at a Bar
      2. Getting Started
      3. Bus Time
      4. The Tomato-Shaped Timer
      5. Try It Now: Timeboxed Activity
      6. Max, My Father’s Grandfather
      7. Why the Pomodoro Technique?
      8. Self-Reflection on One Activity at a Time
    8. Chapter 2: Context
      1. A Cucumber and an Artichoke Meet at the Zoo
      2. The Foundation
      3. The Brain Stack
      4. Brain Performance
      5. Rhythm
      6. Superstition or Focus Enablers?
      7. Conditioned and Unconditioned Reflexes
      8. Left Brain and Right Brain
      9. Savant
      10. Hyperactivity
      11. Working Memory
      12. Association Machine
      13. Succession and Duration
      14. Dreaming
      15. Absorbing
      16. Food-and-Sleep Clock
      17. Flow
      18. Arousal
      19. Procrastination
      20. Heroism and Guilt
      21. Regulatory Process
      22. Thin Slicing
      23. Embrace Change
      24. Paradox of Choice
      25. Self-Reflection on Context
    9. Chapter 3: Mechanics
      1. A Cucumber and an Artichoke Meet at the Library
      2. Learning the Technique
      3. Stages
      4. Deming-Shewhart Cycle
      5. Tools
      6. Try It Now: Make an Activity Inventory Sheet
      7. Finding the Starting Point
      8. Morning
      9. Try It Now: Make a To Do Today Sheet
      10. Commitment
      11. Direct and Immediate Feedback
      12. Prospective Memory
      13. The Now List
      14. Break
      15. Detach
      16. Set Break
      17. Itinerary
      18. Activity Completed
      19. Abstract Time Unit
      20. Recording and Processing
      21. Try It Now: Recording
      22. Kaizen
      23. Right Here, Right Now
      24. Self-Reflection on Mechanics
    10. Chapter 4: Interruptions
      1. A Cucumber and an Artichoke Speak on the Phone
      2. Keeping on Course
      3. Attention Deficit Trait
      4. Avoid LIFO and BPUF
      5. Sustainable Pace
      6. Interruption Strategy
      7. Internal Interruptions
      8. Accept, Record, and Continue
      9. Inverting Dependency
      10. It’s Atomic
      11. Constant Internal Interruptions
      12. External Interruptions
      13. Protect the Pomodoro
      14. Visualize and Then Intensify
      15. Void
      16. External Interruptions Strategy
      17. Interruption Notation
      18. Aware of the Extent
      19. Self-Reflection on Interruptions
    11. Chapter 5: Estimate
      1. A Cucumber and an Artichoke Meet at the Races
      2. Measurements and Guesses
      3. Estimates on Your Activity Inventory Sheet
      4. Wisdom of Crowds
      5. Activity Size
      6. Choose
      7. Quantitative Estimate Error
      8. Yesterday’s Weather
      9. Estimates on Records Sheet
      10. Drum-Buffer-Rope
      11. Self-Reflection on Estimate
    12. Chapter 6: Adapt
      1. A Cucumber and an Artichoke Meet at the Movie Theater
      2. Tweaking
      3. Simple Tools
      4. Index Cards
      5. Administrative Pomodoro
      6. Sound and Shape
      7. Length of Pomodori
      8. Length of Breaks
      9. Progress Sheet
      10. Priority Tournament
      11. Inbox to Zero
      12. Repeated Reviews
      13. Daily Mind Map
      14. Prescriptive and Adaptive
      15. Ring Disquiet
      16. Self-Reflection on Adapt
    13. Chapter 7: Team
      1. A Cucumber and an Artichoke Meet in the Conference Room
      2. Working with Others
      3. Timeboxed Meetings
      4. Tracking Meetings
      5. Pair Work Rhythm
      6. Authorizing Pomodoro Start
      7. Pair Pomodoro Length
      8. Split a Pair Temporarily
      9. Tracking Pair Work
      10. Team Culture
      11. Self-Reflection on Team
    14. Appendix 1: Process Map
    15. Appendix 2: Resources
    16. Appendix 3: Afterword
      1. Myself
      2. Acknowledgments
      3. Colophon
    17. Bibliography
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