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The Pomodoro Technique isn't merely about setting up a timer and working for 25 minutes. To truly benefit from the technique one must look at how to spend those 25-minute blocks across tasks. This requires daily planning and reviewing, alongside a weekly review to get a better idea.

How can I properly integrate this review process with a GTD system? In particular, I don't want to have to separately jot down tables in the manner described by The Pomodoro Technique. It would be more productive if it were all in one place. Would it be feasible to achieve this in an exiting GTD system like NirvanaHQ, or does there exist more specific software for this purpose?

Has anyone successfully integrated these two systems? How did you do it? I really like both ideas, but the extra work of having to maintain both of them separately holds me back...

{ asked by Tom Wijsman }

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What if you do mainly GTD and Pomodoro-lite". Use GTD for your workflow and keep the list of tasks there. What happens next depends on if you have big related tasks or lots of little tasks. For a big task, set the timer and work on it without interruption. For little tasks, hack away at the GTD list but don't accept new entries or distractions within a Pomodoro.

This gives the advantages of Pomodoro including focused work, frequent breaks to refresh, less distractions, etc without having an extra workflow.

After writing, this I googled GTD and Pomodoro to make sure I wasn't stepping over anything with Pomodoro-lite and found this article. After reading the article, I agree that Pomodoros fit into the DO stage and you have to pick one model for managing interruptions. I think it has to be the Pomodoro model because that is so significant in the model/benefits. And interruptions can still be dealt with GTD style - just X minutes later.

{ answered by Jeanne Boyarsky }
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