Intrinsic Motivation and Magical Unicorns

The art and science of time management.

Manage Procrastination With the Pomodoro Technique

It's a great feeling, when your head is full of 50 things that you could be doing right now, to know for certain that "I'm in exactly the right place and doing exactly the right thing right now." Read More

Writing It Down Doesn't Make It Go Away

I like the Pomodoro technique. However, despite what this article is saying, I find myself doing all my "fun" tasks at the beginning of my work session, and after maybe an hour or two of that, I can concentrate on the mundane tasks for hours and hours. I wish I knew how to cut down "fun" time; I've tried and I end up not doing anything at all. Writing it down only makes it more appealing to work on; it still bounces in my head -- so I don't write creative ideas down at all. Writing it down is just enough impetus to work on those tasks instead of the mundane tasks we all must do in life.

A custom pomodoro timer

Developers at my company swear by the method, but the 25 minute blocks didn't work for everyone. One of our teams created a version you can customize and then share with the team. We just decidd to post it so others can use it, and I'd love your feedback. It's up at

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David D. Nowell, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist interested in motivation, focus, and fully-engaged living.


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