what is the pomodoro technique?
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980's. It can be used for any kind of task and enables you to view time as a valuable ally in accomplishing what you want to do.
The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals (referred to as "pomodoros") separated by breaks and is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.
There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
- decide on the task to be done
- set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
- work on the task until the timer rings; record the task status
- take a short break (5 minutes)
- every four "pomodoros" take a longer break (15-20 minutes)
Benefits of a digital pomodoro timer
While Francesco Cirillo encourages a low-tech approach, using a mechanical timer, a digital pomodoro timer, such as focus booster, is a convenient tool that can be used on your computer so it is ready and waiting for you.
focus booster offers optional audio and visual cues that can help develop the relationship to time conditioned by the technique and remind you when it's time to take a break.