Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro Technique is a time management tool where you focus on one task for 25 minutes intervals with 5 minutes break between each interval.


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A Bit of History

Pomodoro Technique was invented by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. He named it after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that he used actually to track his work as a university student. Since then, this technique has gained much popularity in various productivity and self-improvement spheres. Francesco Cirillo wrote a book about the Pomodoro Technique.

How to Use

1. Choose a task or series of tasks that you need to accomplish.

2. Set the timer on 25 minutes. 

3. Continue to work on the task until the timer goes off.

4. Avoid constantly checking the timer and don't get distracted by anything.

5. Once the timer goes off, take a short break for 5 minutes. Do some exercise or something relaxing, take a little walk, do anything other than work.

6. After 4 pomodoros, take a longer break of 20–30 minutes.

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