The Pomodoro Technique

Have You Tried It?

Most busy professionals are eager to try a system that will save time.

The point of the Pomodoro Technique is to work in short focused intervals and then take a break, resulting in maximum mental production.

How It Works…

The original technique suggests for every project that needs to be executed within the day, assign a “pomodoro” which is the equivalent to a 25-minute work interval. Then take a 5-minute break.

You can use a variation of this system if that works better for you. For example, I have been doing 50-minute interval “sprints” with 10-minute breaks for high priority projects. I set the timer on my iPhone and get to work. It’s not the solution for everyone, however, give it a try to see if it’s effective for you. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.


Pomodoro is the Italian word for tomato. Francesco Cirillo, who is the founder of this technique, used a timer shaped like a tomato to manage projects. It worked and so he kept the name simple. For more details on this technique CLICK HERE.

Do me favor – Give it a try and write me on how it worked (or didn’t) for you. As always I would love to hear from you.


1 Comment

  1. I LOVE LOVE this process ! It focuses us magnificently…and productively! We could not find a we found an egg-shaped “being” with big shoes; hubby crafted a tiny wizard hat, I crafted a tiny magic carpet and our Timer sits royally and keeps us focused…

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