Pomodoro Timer

You can do a lot of work in only 25 minutes when you’re focused. That’s why one of my favorite tools is the Pomodoro timer. I use it to be focused and to ensure progress with important tasks. I like to use it, especially during the mornings, to stop procrastination and to get the work started. Sometimes I use the timer to race against myself. How much work can I do in 25 minutes? How many Pomodoros does it take for me to finish a task? When I start the day by working on the most important tasks, I walk into the rest of the day feeling like a winner.

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What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is used for effective time management. It was created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s and it uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a Pomodoro, from the Italian word for ‘tomato’, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that the inventor himself used during his time in the university.

How to use the Pomodoro Timer

  1. Pick a task to work on. Put away your phone, email and everything that might distract you.
  2. Set the Pomodoro timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Start the timer and focus only on the task for 25 minutes until you hear the birds chirp!
  4. Take a break for 5 or 10 minutes. Get up, get some water, stretch and get ready for the next round.
  5. Iterate 3-5 times until you finish the task(s).
  6. Enjoy and be happy about how much work you got done in a short time when you were focused!

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Pomodoro is Italian and means “tomato”

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