Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is all about productivity. It takes its name from a tomato-shaped timer. Pomodoro is the Italian word for Tomato.

This is a method of timing concentrated work sessions. You don’t need a tomato timer. A smart phone or timer on a microwave will work just as well.



A work schedule that works well is:

  1. 25 minutes focused work. Have tasks planned before you start.
  2. 5 minute break. Make it active, if you can.
  3. Repeat 3 more times. After your fourth 25 minute session, take a longer break of 15 to 30 minutes.
  4. Start at 1. again.

This works well because you should find that you are putting in focused, productive work time. It also ensures that you take breaks which are good for your mind and body, and your productivity.

Be sure to take the time to know what you will be doing during your work sessions, so that you can get straight to work as soon as you put the timer on.

I find that I like to use an app like Pandora to play music during my work sessions.