en: Mixing Tomatoes with Songs? That’s a SongDoro!

Quer ver esta história em português? Siga por este post então: Songdoro! Ganhe tempo ouvindo música!

You may be aware of the pomodoro technique, a simple time management tool where you run short cycles on “full focus mode” during 25 minutes, rest 5 minutes and then you run again another cycle.

After four cycles, you have a big 30 minute break.

Repeat that and get all your things done in a funny and focused way during your day.

Simple right? It’s awesome, and it works!

How it works?

To run this you need to have a prioritized list of tasks you want to accomplish and you can use those to focus on your “pomodoris”, a.k.a. the short cycles. If some new task comes up, you add that to the bottom of the list, in a section called unplanned tasks, so you can understand what came up during your day.

I always used a kitchen timer or my cellphone timer to manage my time. Here is my kitchen timer, that I use to celebrate my pomodoris:

So far, all the same right? So here I go again.

Well, a friend of mine was talking about how he introduced the subject to a friend. He ask the guy to focus on one task while listening to a Ramones CD. No interuptions during that period. None. The guy finished one task before the CD finished. Somewhat like 30 something minutes. That’s Ramones. He was supposed to take 2 hours to do that. The guy loved!

That’s one story. Keep that in mind.

I was talking to my sister, about Power Songs. She is a runner, and she always use Power Songs to get that extra motivation. You may run listening songs, using a default or random playlist. But, you gotta have those special songs right? Well, those are your power songs!

By using a Power Song the runner can find that “instant” energy needed to finish a course. You can find some products like iPods+Nike kit with that resource or something, you can find people, like runners and bikers talking about Power Songs.




If I use those two ideas together, I get the SONGDORO! 🙂

The idea is simple, you build playlists to focus on what you have to focus, and everytime you build a playlist, the last two songs, are your power songs.

When you listen those powersongs, you know you are at the end of a songdoro, and you gotta do what you gotta do!

And, when you listen to your break song, you stop doing and break for five minutes. My break song is Harvest Moon, from Neil Young. Duration? 5 minutes!

So, that’s the idea. 30 minutes playlist, where 25 minutes of songs + 5 min break song. The break song is always the same!

Take a look into one of my SongDoros. I’ve built a sample playlist at Groove Shark to share this. This is for one songDoro, atually I could say a “songdori”, with 25 min + 5 min break 🙂

Example: from a classic songdoro I have, the break song is Harvest Moon. My power songs in this example are:
– 12:51 from The Strokes, and
– Basket Case from Greenday.

Try it! Enjoy it!

18 pensamentos sobre “en: Mixing Tomatoes with Songs? That’s a SongDoro!

  1. Echoes do Pink Floyd é perfeito para (quase) um songodoro inteiro :o)

    Só não entendi se o power songs que tu diz são de escolha pessoal, do tipo eu gosto essas, ou se power songs ao pé da letra, do tipo ESSAS realmente influenciam na concentração, etc e tal.

    Bom tópico, e funciona mesmo!

    1. Pt-Br: As powersongs são escolhas pessoas, aquelas ali são apenas um exemplo. Elas funcionam para mim. 🙂

      En-Us: Powersongs are a personal choice. The ones I talk about in the post are just examples. They work for me. 🙂

  2. Não consigo me focar se estiver escutando música. Até porque meu trabalho envolve absorver tudo que está a minha volta. É perfeitamente possível trabalhar focado e ainda sim, saber o que tá rolando em volta.

    1. @Stefano

      pt_br: sem problemas, realmente algumas pessoas não conseguem ouvir música enquanto trabalham. Neste caso você conseguiria aguentar o “timer de cozinha” fazendo o “tic tac” perto de você, ou neste caso seria usar um timer silencioso?

      en_us: no issue about can’t work listening music. In this case, would you work using a kitchen timer doing that “tic tac” near you, or you would just use a silent timer?

  3. I’ve always enjoyed programming while listening to music. It ups my concentration and motivation. Then coding sorta flows! Concepts like Power Songs and Songdoros are pretty awesome in my opinion!

    Of course, there are cases when silence is just what you need. Unfortunately, silence can be a commodity difficult to afford.

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