Making Space in Time

Sometimes I think the best way to get things done is just to allocate space in the day in order to achieve them. For example; I find it hard to write blog posts. Left to my own devices, my blog would resemble a desolate wasteland. But all I need to do is allocate 10 minutes out of my day in order to write something, and I can get something written that I can upload to my blog.

This is the beauty of time-boxing, of the Pomodoro technique: It forces you to allocate a fixed section of time in which to achieve something. If you just make a space in time it’s amazing what you can do.

Productivity for 2013-05-31

Not a terribly productive day today. I alternated between studying for my Open University M343 statistics exam and working on Judga Property – my latest iOS app. I also went to the gym, which is that big break in the middle of the day.

Using as a Kanban System

Today I worked out how to use Things as a Kanban system. The trick is to use the “Focus” top-level item on the sidebar properly. A lot of my tasks had built up in the “Next” folder. I moved all those tasks from “Next” into the “Someday” folder. Then I only move into the “Next” folder the stuff I’m planning to work on that day. The task I’m currently working on I move into the “Today” folder.

Productivity for 2013-05-30

Not a hugely productive day today, unfortunately. Although since I have been monitoring my productivity hourly, I have been way more productive than normal, which is interesting.

This morning I was planning to write a cron job to save my daily productivity totals to a database, but I realised that I actually have all the information in my Mac OS/X calendar anyway, and can just retrieve the data there.


Productivity for 29th May, 2013

I coded up a script to output a chart of what my productivity looks like for the day. It is based on my Pomodoro software that logs all the time-boxes to my calendar on Mac OS/X. My program extracts all the information and constructs a nice looking chart. The idea is that I track what things are making me more productive.

You can find the script over in my GitHub repository

Pomodoro Daily Chart 2013-05-29