That’s 25 minutes of steady, focused work on one task. No multitasking. No emails. No phone calls. No checking Facebook. Nothing! No distractions allowed.
The Pomodoro Technique® has been there for a while, but recently it gains attention again. Recently I backed a project named Productivity Planner which also makes use of the technique. It promotes a working schedule to work for 25 minutes under distraction-free environment, and then break for 5 minutes. Then repeat and mark each time slot success or failure.
I used to use this technique in my work, it was 3 years ago when I ran my own game startup. I even tried running an extreme test. I worked on 30 minutes and then took break for 30 minutes. I made games for live. In that 30 minutes of break. I surfs the web and play different types of web games. So actually that 30 minutes of break can act as inspiration and contribute back to my creativity.
Later I quit my startup and joined an office work. I am trying to apply the same working techniques in my daily working space but not yet success.
You know, office for normal job has a different environment than startups. As Jason Fried shared in the TED talk, Why work doesn’t happen at work, office is a place that’s full of distractions. So using this technique without distraction for 25 minutes is often impossible at office.