I’ve had a challenging time juggling the demands of work, school, and life this fall semester. Then serendipitously, late last week I noticed the Facebook status update of a librarian at another university than mentioned something called the Pomodoro Technique. I checked out their website, as well as the Facebook page and Twitter profile. Turns out this is a time management technique based on 25-minute chunks of time! I’m intrigued, I must admit, but I haven’t taken the time to read the book fully yet. You can downlaod the book and worksheets for free at the bottom of this page, or purchase it on Amazon at the current price of $25.60. (The free download is 45 pages, the Amazon copy, a Lulu-published book is 46 pages, virtually the same. Save the money & download for free!)
The basic premise of the Pomodoro Technique is to do an assigned task in 25-minute uninterrupted segments. To help me get started (without getting into the details of this technique), I downloaded a Pomodoro Technique timer onto my iPhone. There are several Pomodoro Technique timers on iTunes, but I downloaded this free one, and it suits my needs so far.
I tried a simple version of this technique for my homework this past weekend, and it worked out pretty well. It’s surprising how much journal-article-reading you can get done in 25 minutes! I’ll keep using it this week and see how this time management technique continues to work.
In other news, our ALA Student Chapter meets tomorrow night for the first time, and the NCLA (North Carolina Library Association) is having an event on Thursday. I’m a joiner, so I’m trying to decide how involved to be outside of work and school this year. I need to keep my priorities in order! How much is too much?