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 known as "Pomodoros," named after the Italian word for tomato, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
How to do the Pomodoro Technique:
- Choose a task: Select a task you want to work on.
- Set the timer: Set a timer for 25 minutes and work on the task until the timer rings.
- Take a short break: Take a short break (usually 5 minutes) to relax, stretch, or do something enjoyable.
- Repeat: Repeat the process. After completing four Pomodoros, take a longer break of 15–30 minutes.
The idea is that the Pomodoro Technique can improve productivity and focus by breaking work into manageable chunks and providing regular breaks to prevent burnout. It's a popular technique among students, professionals, and anyone looking to manage their time more effectively.