The In Box vs. Out of Box Decision Regarding Our Concetration on Work

Recently I read about pomodoro technique which is famous in agile community. I start practicing the pomodoro technique which rely on these 6 simple steps.
1) Choose a task to be accomplished
2) Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
3) Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
4) Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
5) Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break
6) Take notes for every interruption and analyse them in a long period.
My first reaction when I start using this technique was to increase the number of pomodoros which I can do every day which is typical out of the box decision. But I asked myself whether it is necessary to increase the number of pomodoros and realized that it’s not enough to increase the number of pomodoros because it will be temporarily and it’s against the conception of this technique. It’s enough to increase the intensity on concetration. The decision with increased intensity is not popular one because it doesn’t show us or our colleagues how hard we work but actually it is the smart one! This type of decisions is “the in box decision” which is more valuable but subtle for estimation. My final decision was to increase the intensity of concentration of working hours not to increase the working hours. Just work smart not hard !

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