Why was the planned quota not reached?
This week was a complete disaster. I am ashamed to announce only 8 completed Pomodoro’s. As the holidays are approaching in Serbia, there is omnipresent euphoria about the New Year, that even caught me, and dispersed my focus. On the lighter note, Pomodoro did help me with habit maintenance, so I was doing the things I was supposed to, but with less vigor, as I didn’t have the timer active.
Another big reason why I haven’t completed my weekly goal was my sickness. It took a big toll on me! For three days I had fever followed up with stomach problems that drained the energy completely out of me. So considering the circumstances I am pretty happy that I kept up with my reading habit, no matter that I haven’t completed other more energy demanding tasks.
Before I make time boxing permanent…
There is one more week left of Pomodoro experiment. I want to make it a permanent part of my workflow, I want to make sure I can follow up 18 weekly Pomodoro’s. But as of now, I feel pretty safe that it is already becoming integrated into my already existing workflow. This means that I will spend a total of 6 hours working on my “money making activities” regarding this blog, and my goals. Focused 6 hours of work a week, do make a difference.
A slight change in the experiment
Reading is nice and related to my goals, but not directly. Tweaking the daily task list in order to include article research for 20 minutes instead of reading is in better correlation with my blogging activities than reading it. I am going to experiment with the article research workflow, and I believe this will substantially improve the quality and quantity of articles that I push out into the ether.
Now daily Pomodoro tasks include the following:
1. Researching the Article
2. Publishing the article
Challenge of researching in Pomodoro
Research has one slight difficulty that is surrounding it. It can easily transform into a distraction of choice. Hence Pomodoro is an amazingly important part of this process, as it’s ticking sound is supposed to help me return to the limited time frame of Pomodoro, and make the most out of it. The big part of research is going to be mind mapping and outlining. A responsible format for this is OPML.
Well, the truth to the matter is that I’ve failed this week in Pomodoro. But the good side is that I came back to give an important feedback to my readers and give them motivation, that regardless of your failures, it’s always important to stand up and fight, even when you fall down.