Check out our new web app: The Flow Timer.
I’m introducing this app as a way to signal the new direction for Flow Athletics: interactive, content oriented and most of all, focused on optimizing your performance.
Do have a hard time staying focused and productive at work? Do you spend the whole day “multi-tasking” and look back on it only to realize you’ve accomplished nothing?
Yea, happens to me too.
I find that I’m most effective when concentrating on a single task for a set duration of time. Something not too long; say around 25 minutes. Then I take a break (5 min) and get back to it with another 25 minute sprint. Basically HIIT for productivity.
It’s called timeboxing, but I found my way to the method through The Pomodoro Technique® (a little more on that later).
The principle is simple. Which, as Bruce Lee would teach us, means it’s probably effective:
Work Sprint -> Short Break -> Work Sprint -> Short Break -> Work Sprint -> Long Break
That’s three work sessions followed by a longer break. My timer helps you automate this progression and allows you to customize the length of both your work session and your break sessions.
Basically, the flow timer (timer.flowathletics.com) takes the hard work out of working smart.
And there’s one big bonus – instead of being treated to an annoying buzzer at the end of your work/break session, you hear one of my personally collected Bruce Lee sayings instead. Just a little bit of extra motivation to stay in flow.
Still interested in timeboxing vs. The Pomodoro Technique®? Here’s the top answer from Quora on whether the pomodoro technique works.
The Pomodoro Technique® is timeboxing (that is, the practice of focusing on one single task for a certain lapse of time, avoiding interruptions) plus a series of additional rules, detailed in the Official Pomodoro Technique Book, written by Francesco Cirillo.
Cirillo didn’t invented timeboxing. He invented the additional rules, and he gave a fancy, intriguing name to timeboxing.
He also made timeboxing famous by associating it with the tomato-shaped timer.
It was a brilliant marketing move, since a lot of people are persuaded to be using the Pomodoro Technique® only because they use a 25 minutes, tomato-shaped timer, while they are in fact violating almost all of its rules.
Chances are you are among them. Check by reading the full commentary here:
Go ahead and use my Flow Timer to stay focused on your tasks, to become more productive and to get some awesome Bruce Lee-isms out of the deal, but don’t get bogged down by the details of that tomato book.
PS. For those of you into that sort of thing, you can fork the Flow Timer on GitHub. I’ll love you forever if you send me pull requests with new Bruce Lee quotes.