What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo that involves a series of work sprints where you work for a set period of time (15-30 minutes) and then taking a break short break (5-10 minutes).

The name Pomodoro Technique comes from the word pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato‘, which is what the original kitchen timers Cirillo used resembled when he first created the technique.

What are the benefits of the Pomodoro Technique?

The intent is that you focus intently on a task for the working period and don’t get distracted because you know that a break is coming up shortly. Normally, it’s easy to stop working when you feel stuck or need to go to the bathroom.

The Pomodoro Technique lets you avoid these distractions since you know that you’ll get a break within a few minutes. It can also help you break through challenges because you are forced to continue working until the time expires.

Do you have any recommended tools to leverage the Pomodoro Technique?

We love the Tomato Timer because it’s a dead-simple online tool and has preset “short” and “long” break timers. It has a set 25-minute working block that can’t be adjusted, but this time works for us. There are plenty of other phone apps and online tools to use the technique or you can just use a simple kitchen timer.

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