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the pomodoro technique

The pomodoro technique is a time management technique which was created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980's. This method of time management allows you to work with time (by way of a tomato pomodoro timer), using time to your advantage to stay fresh, remove distractions and create a better work life balance.

The pomodoro technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals (referred to as ‘pomodoros’ or ‘pomodoro sessions’). These intervals are separated by breaks (the standard is 5 minutes). Pomodoro time management is based on the theory that frequent breaks can improve mental agility. We can vouch for that!

How do you implement the pomodoro technique?

Here are the five basic steps to implementing pomodoro time management;

- decide on the focus task.
- set the pomodoro timer to 25 minutes.
- work on the task until the timer rings.
- take a short break (5 minutes), keep note of the number of session you complete.
- every 4 sessions take a longer break, perhaps 15 or 20 minutes. 

Benefits of a digital pomodoro timer

A digital pomodoro timer, such as focus booster, is a convenient tool which simplifies the pomodoro technique. Once you have configured the pomodoro app all you must do is choose your task, hit play and ensure you do take your break at the end of each session.

focus booster pomodoro app offers optional audio and visual cues to help you develop the relationship to time, which is conditioned by the pomodoro technique and remind you when it's time to take a break. Taking regular breaks is paramount in maintaining a fresh outlook. You can find more information on focus booster's features here...

The pomodoro technique was created by Francesco Cirillo as a means to remove all distractions. For this reason, the pomodro technique recommends only their physical timer but we know having a digital pomodoro app is a convenient and less intrusive way of always being prepared to have a productive work or study day.

Who is the pomodoro technique best for?

If you want to be more productive, then pomodoro is a technique for you. It is a fail proof time management technique and the implementation of a digital timer makes it even more simple.

We have clients from many different industries, professions and educational establishments, we even have people who manage their ‘down time’ with pomodoro sessions to ensure they can fit everything in (now that is organised!). Here are a few of the regular adopters of the focus booster pomodoro app we come across;

- freelancers
- students
- developers
- managers
- specialists performing consultations in scheduled timeframes (for example psychologists)
- writers

Try focus booster, you won’t be disappointed. 

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