The Pomodoro Technique


What is it?

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.

Why use it?

Workplace time management is a real challenge. Emails, texts, phone calls and even snack breaks prevent us from focusing on – and effectively executing – a single task at a time. For decades, countless people have used the Pomodoro technique to improve work and project productivity.