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The Pomodoro Technique

This time management system was developed by Francesco Cirillo who used a tomato shaped kitchen timer to break up his work into intervals paired with intentional breaks. The timer instills a sense of urgency and forced breaks cure that burnt out feeling!

Watch the Pomodoro Technique video (4 minutes)

How it Works

  1. Pick a task
  2. Set a 25 minute timer
  3. Work until the timer is up
  4. Take a 5 minute break
  5. Reset the timer and repeat until your task is complete

Try this technique if you...

  • Find distractions derail your productivity
  • Work until you're burnt out
  • Have many tasks that could take an unlimited amount of time

Illustrated kitchen times shaped like a tomato.

Pomodoro = 25 minutes of focused work separated by 5 minute breaks.

Every 4 pomodoros, take a 15-30 minute break.