The Pomodoro Technique: The Whats, Hows, and Whys

March 18, 2019

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The Pomodoro Technique: The Whats, Hows, and Whys

Staying focused and exercising self-discipline can be easier said than done. How does one refrain from idle chatter or avoid looking up cat memes? Fortunately, improving your work routine is as simple as putting your mind to it. You may find yourself tempted to search for random dolphin trivia or buying a squishy toy on impulse, but try to resist and strengthen your resolve by searching for tips on productivity and motivation instead.

Or you can practice the Pomodoro Technique, a time-management system to help direct all of your attention to the task at hand.


What exactly is the Pomodoro Technique?

Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the early 90s, the Pomodoro Technique has been the favorite time-management system of busy people everywhere to help improve their focus for everyday tasks. This is in part because it encourages you to take short breaks in between productive bursts of work. And who doesn’t love taking breaks?

The technique takes its name from the pomodoro timer – which is just a good old kitchen timer shaped like a tomato (pomodoro is Italian for tomato). This timer is what Cirillo used when he created the technique as a university student. That in itself is impressive enough – how many college students do you know are actually developing techniques for studying? Perhaps procrastination, not necessity, is the real mother of all invention!


How does the Pomodoro Technique work?