What is the Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method using a kitchen timer. It was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. Typically it involves 25-minute work intervals with a 5-minute break in between each one. I find this technique to be one of the best methods for productivity out there plus it’s kind of fun. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your sessions.
1. CHOOSE YOUR TIMER
➡ The title, “Pomodoro Technique,” is based on the tomato-shaped kitchen timer, but any timer will do. You may benefit from a physical device that you can set and reset manually.
➡ Alternately, you may prefer a software application that offers greater automation.
2. TRACK YOUR SESSIONS
➡ Use a sticky note, notepad, piece of scratch paper, or your computer.
➡ A spreadsheet program such as Excel can work nicely.
➡ Use checkboxes to track every session that you complete.
3. SET YOUR TIMER FOR 25 MINUTES
➡ While the timer is running, work without distractions.
➡ A Pomodoro session can be stopped if you must, but it cannot be paused or restarted.
4. TAKE A QUICK BREAK
➡ When the timer goes off, stop what you’re doing and take a break.
➡ Your break should last at least 5 minutes, but not much longer.
5. AFTER 4 SESSIONS, TAKE A LONGER BREAK
➡ When you’ve completed four successful Pomodoro sessions, take a longer break.
➡ Now is a good time for a 30-minute rest.
➡ You may find it refreshing to have a snack, meal, or even a short nap to recharge before beginning again.