January 8, 2015

Poms revisited

Poms, Pomodoros, Tomayto, Tomahto...

I received a reminder today from Ellis Wakefield that this blog hasn't featured Poms for a while.  He wrote me to let me know that he had recently published a short article called "The Pomodoro Technique – The Ultimate Task Ender" in Red Shed, about the use of Poms, or Pomodoros, in getting tasks done.  I thought it was a nice, clear, simple explanation and I refer you there.

We've blogged about Poms before -- see "What on Earth Are Poms?" by Susanne Morgan.

Here is the official Pomodoro Website and the book created by Francesco Cirillo, the originator of the Pomodoro Technique.

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In case you get inspired to have your own actual tomato timer ("pomodoro" is Italian for tomato) ticking away while you write, click on the tomato timer on the right to access one for $.49.  Many Pomodoro technique fanatics feel the ticking is soothing but also reminds you to stay on task.

The Pomodoro Technique has become incredibly popular in the chat rooms in our Academic Writing Club (AWC), our structured, online, accountability-based coaching system that has helped thousands and thousands of academics write more productively and improve their careers.

As a matter of fact, below is a screenshot of a recent Challenge Chat, which is inexplicably beige -- I haven't figured out how to turn it back to a white background!

As you can see, this Challenge Chat is hosted by Coach Debra.

Debra hosts these Challenge Chat at regularly scheduled times, and Academic Writing Club members join her for that extra motivation to write.  It's like meeting a friend in the coffee shop to do some work.  In fact, we call our main chat the Club Café.  There's nothing like companionship when you work.

Debra asks people to say what they're going to work on, and then they switch to Pom language.  I'd like to call it Pomeranian, but some dogs took that name.  After 25 minutes (the first Pom), they reconvene and say how their writing has gone during that Pom.

Then some decide to keep the Poms going, with breaks according to the Pom rules.

A Challenge Chat, which in reality has a WHITE BACKGROUND AND NOT BEIGE.  Sorry to rant.

Consider joining us in the Academic Writing Club!  As you can see people have lots of fun and lots of Poms and support each other, and they get fantastic results.  Can you afford not to write?  

What do you think of this Pomodoro Technique?