What is the Pomodoro Technique?

“Picture it. Sicily…1987.”  (Any Golden Girls fans out there?)  Well, it wasn’t Sicily, it was Sutri, a little village close to Rome.  It was 1987.  September to be exact.  A college student named Fancesco Cirillo, set a kitchen timer (in the shape of a tomato) for 2 minutes to simply try and get started reading a chapter in his Sociology book.  It was at that moment that the Pomodoro Technique was born.  A time management tool that decades later over 2 million people have reported using as a way to become more productive and focused. 

So, How Do you Pomodoro?

The basic method consists of 6 steps.

  1. Choose a task.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings.
  4. Place a checkmark on your paper for 25 minutes of work.
  5. Take a short break. (5 minutes)
  6. Every 4 Pomodoros (25 minutes) take a longer break (20-30 minutes).

Here’s the official Pomodoro Technique video if you’d like to watch it.

What are the Benefits of the Pomodoro Technique?

Ultimately, the Pomodoro Technique allows you to become a master of managing your time. At least that’s what they claim. Now, the word master may seem overwhelming to you. I can hear you saying, “Jennifer, I’m horrible at time management. There is no way I can learn to master my time.” or “Jennifer, you do know I have ADHD, right?” Yes, I hear you! But even if you don’t become a master at managing your time, any improvement is a step in the right direction. Wouldn’t you agree?

So, what if…

  • What if you began tracking the time needed for tasks and you could look back on your day and know exactly where your time went? For example, do you ever find yourself at the end of your day or work session feeling like you were just spinning your wheels and have nothing to show for the hours you put in? I do!
  • Imagine you learned a system for recognizing distractions & interruptions so that you could begin to limit interruptions? For instance, do you know how many times you were distracted in the past 25 minutes?
  • Think about the impact if you become better at estimating exactly how long a task would take and how much effort you would need to complete it? Would you become better at planning out your day, your week, your month?
  • Maybe you became more motivated to accomplish your work because you knew you would have more free time? In fact, for some, just setting a timer is motivation itself.

Wondering if the Pomodoro Technique can work for you?

Join my Accountability and Productivity group! We meet each Friday for an hour and a half to complete tasks together using this technique. You’ll get stuff done and learn more about the technique along the way. To learn more click the link below.

Check out the source for this blog post, the official Pomodoro Technique website, here.



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