by Kristie Burk
In Monday’s post on time management techniques, we looked at a video called “How To Drop the Ball, Effectively.” In it, Scott Hanselman talked about increasing our efficiency as well as our effectiveness. On a work/collaboration day like today, how we be sure to get the most out of our time?
Try using the Pomodoro Technique!
The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo to help with time management. I first became familiar with a similar technique as a computer programmer when we would work on “sprints.”
Start by using a timer to break down a task (a stack of papers to grade, lessons to revise, an assessment to design with a co-worker) into 25-minute intervals. During the interval, any distractions (an email notification, a text from your friend) are ignored. Mark them on a piece of paper with a checkmark to see just how many interruptions there are. After 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break and try another interval. I think you’ll be amazed at how much gets done.
A few months ago, I met with two teachers from Downingtown Middle School who were interested in learning Schoology. We had about 25 minutes together, so I implemented the Pomodoro Technique. We set up in a distraction-free area to work, turned off our cellphones, ignored incoming email, and spent the time learning some of the basic tools of Schoology. We were all impressed with how much we were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.
Apply the Pomodoro Technique as you work today and let us know how much you get done at dtowntechchat.wordpress.com.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!