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Work 24 Hours Straight

03 August 2016 - 316 words - Adriaan van Rossum

In the previous blog post I wrote about changing my working schedule to 2 days of 12 hours. I don’t think I want to change that ever, you get a lot of work done. You should not do it two days in a row, but if you work the day in between for just 8 hours it works pretty well. But now it is time for something more extreme.

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I like to do some more extreme things, like I did with demaandvanadriaan.nl (in Dutch). Tomorrow I will work for 24 hours straight. I also found a worrier in this battle: Chace (my roommate). Our goal is to get a shitload done in those 24 hours. We’ll work the full Thursday, which will start at 12 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Both Natasha and Miglė suggested to use the Pomodoro technique. This technique has the following fundamentals:

  1. Choose a task you’d like to get done
  2. Set the Pomodoro for 25 minutes
  3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings
  4. When the Pomodoro rings, put a checkmark on a paper
  5. Take a short break
  6. Every 4 Pomodoro, take a longer break

If you replace “Pomodoro” with “timer”, you are good to go (otherwise you have to buy expensive timers with their company name on it). I you just want to start now and you don’t have a timer around, there are plenty of online options. If you Google for timer 25 minutes, you will have a simple timer. If you want something more geeky you can use e.ggtimer.com, it even has a Pomodoro timer!

I was thinking of broadcasting it, but it would be to boring to watch: some guys that are working behind a computer. So I’m not going to do that, but I hope to microblog a little on twitter: @harianus. Stay tuned!