Alternative Time Tracking Methods Other Than Pomodoros

"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work." -Stephen King


There's nothing wrong if working in Pomodoros isn't your thing. As long as you are able to stick with accomplishing your most important task before moving to task #2 and complete task #2 before moving to task #3 (etc.), you'll begin to establish a flow and become productive. The reason I personally love Pomodoros so much is because the technique merges the removal of distraction with the tackling of a single task. This has been scientifically proven to increase one's productivity.


One of the techniques I like to employ is the use of a daily productivity score. At the beginning of each day, I like to ask myself, "If today was a 1 (with 1 being optimum productivity), what would I accomplish?" When writing the most important task of the day, it's important to try not to overthink it too much. It's always best to finish up one's current list of tasks prior to adding more tasks. Over the years, I've discovered that the following system is the most effective for me to conceptualize my tasks for the day:


1) What is the most important task of the day? In other words, if this was the only thing I accomplished, would I be satisfied?

2-3) Any other necessary tasks of the day, ordered by priority. These are the tasks that would make my day better if they were completed

4) Additional tasks. These are the tasks that I do only after I've completed the tasks above that are a. likely more time sensitive b. more important and ergo higher priority

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