Test #4: Using 3 Minutes Continuous Timer will Increase Productivity by Increasing Speed and Short Reflection

Test Card

Title
Using 3 Minutes Continuous Timer will Increase Productivity by Increasing Speed and Short Reflection

Due Date / Duration
July 26, 2016 / 1 weeks

Step 1 – Hypothesis – Critical: 2 
I believe that having continuous 3 minutes timer will increase my productivity by
– increasing speed: reminded to do it faster
– short reflection: focus, is my time well spend, is the effort on the right direction, are there any alternatives, are there something else better to do than this

Step 2 – Test – Cost: 1 – Reliability: 1 
To verify, I will

  1. Set continuous timer for 3 minutes
  2. Practice using timer when working alone and together

Step 3 – Metric – Time Required: 1
And measure

  1. Feeling of faster: slower 1 – 5 faster
  2. Focus: worst 1 – 5 very focused
  3. Time efficient
    1. Cut Waste: lesser 1 – 5 very frequent
    2. Switch Task: lesser 1 – 5 very frequent
1  2 3 4 5 6 7
Faster 4 4 3 4 4 4 4
Focus 4 4 4 4 5 4 4
Cut Waste 4 3 3 4 4 4 4
Switch
Task
 4 3 3 3 3 3 4

Notes:

  1. Difficulty in getting tool for continuous alarm: found iphone alarm app

Step 4 – Criteria
I am right if at the end of the test

  1. Feeling of faster: >=4
  2. Focus: >= 4
  3. Time efficient
    1. Cut Waste >= 4
    2. Switch Task >= 4

Learning Card

Step 1 – Hypothesis 
I believe that ==Same with above==

Step 2 – Observation – Reliability: 1
I observed

  1. Result
    1. Feeling of faster: 3.8 > after the test immediately feel faster
    2. Focus: 4.1 > increased focus on issues on hand and remind when getting sidetracked
    3. Time efficient
      1. Cut Waste: 3.7 > after 4 days, starting to get the chance to reflect and cut the waste, on the first 3 days only increased focus
      2. Switch Task: 3.2
  2. Test done mostly when working alone,
  3. Testing when working with others also have the same effect though require how to conceal the alarm sound

Step 3 – Learnings and Insights – Action Required: 1
From that I learned that

  1. Having short timer can increase focus, feeling of effective, cut wasteful task and ability to switch task (not lingering too long on a task more than necessary)
  2. On short task the short timer works to reflect on distraction and keep hustling
  3. On high concentration tasks which require 30 minutes or so to complete, I can be deaf of the timer due to the focus, I prefer using a longer timer with short timer in between – best of both worlds
    1. Short timer to remind when distracted in doing long task (Very important), I don’t want to think about cut waste or switch task for every 3 minutes, because it takes more than that and will just distract.
    2. Long timer with distinctive sound so that I can reflect on whether to cut waste or switch task
    3. I use Podomori 25 minutes work (long timer) + 5 minutes break
      1. With interval 3 minutes in the 25 minutes work (short timer)

Step 4 – Decision and Actions
Therefore, I will

  1. Will use Podomori with Long + Short Timer
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