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Applying Pomodoro Technique

Pomidoro

Piotr Rabiniak asked question about Pomodoro Technique at .NET Developers Poland facebook group. Lot of people replied, that they are using it. So do I. Usually using my Pomidoro Windows 8 app. I don’t use Pomodoro Technique everyday, but there are two main scenarios, when I find it extremely useful:

  1. At work, when I have many interesting things to check out (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, etc.). After first Pomodoro, I am in the flow, focused on work. Then I continue and after 4-6 pomodoros lot of things are done.
  2. At home (after work), when I want to play with some new technology or do some programming. There is also a lot of distractions, but this time it is worse. After I check all tweets, facebook, news, recent developers conferences, it is 10pm. Then I work till midnight or 1am, and do not have time to rest before the next day. For that, I created a rule: I can spend 4 pomodoros after work. No more, no less. It helps a lot! I come back home, eat dinner, start 4 pomodoros around 8pm, and at 10pm I am done. Additionally, even if it wasn’t enough to accomplish everything I wanted, my excitement level for next day is higher.

For me, Pomodoro Technique is not a way for living, but sometimes is extremely helpful. The magic happens, because it is only 25 minutes. It is not a lot, but it is enough to get into the flow. And after that you can have a 5 minutes break. In my case, the hardest thing is start working. After I dive in…everything is easy 🙂

There are many Pomodoro apps. I use one on my iPhone and my Pomidoro app for Windows 8.


Polish Coffee Hour

Yesterday (September 20, 2013) I had presentation about Poland at Kansas State University. It was part of “Coffee Hour” program (student’s presentations about their home countries). Thank you for everybody who helped me to prepare this presentation and food (placki ziemniaczane, pierogi, bigos). I hope that everyone who came enjoyed it 🙂

I recorded the presentation:

Slides are available online: Poland-CoffeHour4x3.pptx (~600MB).

It’s big (over 600MB) because it contains background music and movies. I spent a lot of time preparing it (collecting materials, making it short and rich in the same time, and appropriate for international audience). I share it with you, because maybe some day you will need to prepare something similar. Then feel free to use mine:)

EDIT: There are wrong dates of 1st World War. It supposed to be 1914-1918 (instead of 1814-1818). It’s already corrected in the Power Point presentation (but not in the video).


The “Last Lecture”

Most of people I know doesn’t like lectures. I think I have been at 1000 lectures so far. 1 course = ~10 lectures per semester. During my undergraduate studies I had ~7 courses per semester, and 7 semesters. That is 10*7*7 = ~500. Another 500 is conferences, scientific groups meetings and Graduate School courses.

There is one lecture I like the most of them all. The “Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. It is amazing, and I watch it every 1-2 years. I did it again today. Randy Pausch was a professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. A month before giving the lecture, Pausch had received a prognosis that the pancreatic cancer, with which he had been diagnosed a year earlier, was terminal. Despite this, he didn’t lose optimistic life approach. His last lecture is about achieving childhood dreams and…you just need to see it! I promise: you won’t regret it!

The lecture took place at Carnegie Mellon on September 18, 2007. Randy Pausch died on July 25th, 2008. There is also a book written by him after worldwide success of the lecture (16 millions views on youtube).