Pomodoro Technique

A description of the well-known Pomodoro Technique for time management.

The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo, a business consultant, in the 1980s or 1990s. In its essence, the technique is very simple:

1. Decide upon a task to be accomplished.

2. Start a timer with 25 minutes in length. During this time, you must push away all distractions and focus intentionally on the task at hand, pushing it toward completion. (A block of time worked is called a “pomodoro”.)

3. After the time is up, set a 5-minute timer for a short break. During this break, you should let yourself unfocus and relax. Also mark down an “X” on a sheet of paper as a visual representation that you've completed a “pomodoro”.

3. Repeat steps 1 through 3. On the fourth consecutive “pomodoro”, you may take a longer break, ranging from 20 to 30 minutes.

The technique promotes uninterrupted work blocks, allowing for deeper focus, while also fighting against procrastination.