When I’ve got to get some writing done, I turn on my Strict Pomodoro plug-in in Chrome. It shuts off all internet distractions, such as email, for 20 minutes, then sounds a bell and lets me back at them for 5 minutes. I can spend a whole day like this: 20-5, 20-5… When I really need to concentrate, it’s the only thing that works for me.
Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, in Lifehacker’s series, This Is How I Work.
Chris announced that he’s stepping down to focus on his robotics manufacturing startup, 3D Robotics. While manning the helm at Wired, Chris authored three books that turned him into a leading voice across schools of economics, technology, and DIY design: The Long Tail, Free, and his latest, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. (He also lead the magazine in nearly doubling its readership, racked up too many awards to count, and landed on the Time100.)
FJP: The series is quite fantastic. Something like The Atlantic’s What I Read, Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work is a collection of the personal, quirky, productivity habits and idiosyncrasies of great techies, entrepreneurs, writers and more. Some of our favorites:
- Mark Frauenfelder, Editor-in-Chief of MAKE Magazine
- Erik Martin, General Manager of Reddit
- Maria Popova, Creator of Brain Pickings
- Christopher Jobson, Creator of Colossal
ONA Issues: Want to know more about the Pomodoro Technique? We did a test drive of the productivity hack earlier this year.