What is the Pomodoro Technique?
If you’re the type of person who prefers to what a video, here’s a quick introduction.
If you don’t like watching videos, let me explain. The Pomodoro Technique uses a wind-up timer to manage time and tasks. The name ‘Pomodoro’ is Spanish for tomato. I’m not sure how common wind-up tomato times are in the UK, but I think it’s more common for us to use egg timers. Perhaps it’s named after tomato timers because egg in Spanish (huevo) is not as obvious to pronounce.
The techniqued was devise by Francesco Cirillo in the late 80s and there’s even a book about it (and an illustrated version too).
The crux of the technique is this. You set the egg timer to 25 minutes, focus on a single task, and avoid distractions and interruptions like phone calls, emails and social media. Once the 25 minutes is finished, you have a five minute break. When you’ve completed four ‘Pomodoros’ (sets of 25 minutes + 5 minute break), you have a 15-20 minute break.