WHY POMODORO?

The Pomodoro Technique isn’t like any other time-management method on the market today. What makes it so unique?

1. WORK WITH TIME - NOT AGAINST IT

For many people, time is an enemy. We race against the clock to finish assignments and meet deadlines. The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. A revolutionary time management system, it is at once deceptively simple to learn and life-changing to use.

2. ELIMINATE BURNOUT

Essential to the Pomodoro Technique is the notion that taking short, scheduled breaks while working eliminates the “running on fumes” feeling you get when you’ve pushed yourself too hard. It’s impossible to over work when you stick to the system. You may end up taking fewer sick days, too!

3. MANAGE DISTRACTIONS

Whether it’s a call, a Facebook message, or suddenly realizing you need to change the oil in your car, many distracting thoughts and events come up when you’re at work. The Pomodoro Technique will help you log your distractions and order them according to priority levels. Often, they can wait.  

4. CREATE A BETTER WORK / LIFE BALANCE

Most of us are intimately acquainted with the guilt that comes from procrastinating. If we haven’t had a productive day, it’s pretty easy to end up feeling like we can’t enjoy our free time. Becoming a Pomodoro Master involves creating an effective timetable, allowing you to truly enjoy your time off.

WHO DOES THE TECHNIQUE WORK FOR?

These are all ways real folks use the Pomodoro Technique:

WRITERS

  • Motivate yourself to write.
  • Limit distractions.
  • Keep track of how long you’re spending brainstorming / writing / revising.
  • Reduce back and neck pain by walking around during Pomodoro breaks.
  • Draft a book in three weeks.

LAWYERS

  • Kill multitasking urges in the office.
  • Get reports finished on time.
  • Bill clients by Pomodoro units (just kidding!).

DEVELOPERS

  • Immerse yourself in programming, confining emailing to one or two Pomodoros a day.
  • Break large, demanding tasks into shorter steps.
  • Separate time they spend developing and refactoring.
  • Reduce amount of bad code.

PARENTS

DIRECTORS

  • Give actors breaks during demanding filming schedules.
  • Pace films according to viewers’ attention spans.

STUDENTS

  • Improve your reading speed.
  • Track assignments.
  • Write papers.
  • Break down large tasks (like drafting a research paper) into smaller steps.

TEACHERS

MANAGERS

  • Measure productivity in the workplace.
  • Give teams the tools to work together.
  • Manage distractions so that employees aren't interrupted during Pomodoros.

HOW IT WORKS:

The fundamentals of the Pomodoro Technique are simple yet incredibly effective.

1. CHOOSE A TASK YOU'D LIKE TO GET DONE:

Something big, something small, something you’ve been putting off for a million years: it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s something that deserves your full, undivided attention.

2. SET THE POMODORO FOR 25 MINUTES:

Make a small oath to yourself: I will spend 25 minutes on this task and I will not interrupt myself. You can do it! After all, it’s just 25 minutes.

3. WORK ON THE TASK UNTIL THE POMODORO RINGS

Immerse yourself in the task for the next 25 minutes. If you suddenly realize you have something else you need to do, write the task down on a sheet of paper.

4. WHEN THE POMODORO RINGS, PUT A CHECKMARK ON A PAPER

Congratulations! You’ve spent an entire, interruption-less Pomodoro on a task.

5. TAKE A SHORT BREAK

Breathe, meditate, grab a cup of coffee, go for a short walk or do something else relaxing (i.e., not work-related). Your brain will thank you later.

6. EVERY 4 POMODOROS, TAKE A LONGER BREAK

Once you’ve completed four pomodoros, you can take a longer break. 20 minutes is good. Or 30. Your brain will use this time to assimilate new information and rest before the next round of Pomodoros.

HOW THE POMODORO WILL CHANGE YOU:

The Pomodoro Technique isn’t just about helping you get things done today; it’s about learning how you work so you can save time in the future.

1. FIND OUT HOW MUCH EFFORT AN ACTIVITY REQUIRES

Ever wonder where all your time goes? Wonder no more: it’s all on the page. Your Pomodoro To-Do sheet is a visual overview of the time you’ve spent on various tasks.

2. CUT DOWN ON INTERRUPTIONS

Usually, you can afford to take 25 minutes before calling back a friend or replying to an email. You’ll learn how to handle the inevitable interruption while staying focused on the task at hand.

3. ESTIMATE THE EFFORT FOR ACTIVITIES

Once you’ve gotten the hang of the technique, you’ll be able to accurately predict how many Pomodoros it will take to accomplish tomorrow’s -- or next month’s -- tasks.

4. MAKE THE POMODORO MORE EFFECTIVE

While the contours of the Pomodoro are set, what you do within them can be adjusted to maximize efficiency. One way to make a Pomodoro more effective is to use the first few minutes to review what you’ve done before. Other methods are discussed in the book.

5. SET UP A TIMETABLE

A timetable sets a limit, motivating you to complete a task within a set period of time. It also delineates your work time from your free time. Creating a clear timetable will allow you to enjoy your time off without worrying that you could be doing more work.

6. DEFINE YOUR OWN OBJECTIVES

The Pomodoro Technique is a tool you can use to reach your own objectives. For example, a writer might realize he’s spending too much time revising, and adjust his Pomodoro timetable to allow for more brainstorming time.

GET TO WORK:

You’ve heard about the fundamentals, now it’s time to take the next step! Here you can find a range of tools to integrate the Pomodoro Technique into your day-to-day routine.