The temptation to procrastinate is hard to resist, and despite trying really hard, sometimes focusing on work for a few hours can just be too much to handle at once.

Berlin-based developer Francesco Cirillo had the same problem. While attending college in Italy in the late 80s, however, a little a tomato-shaped kitchen timer provided him that “ding” of inspiration for what is now the Pomodoro Method (Pomodoro means ‘tomato’ in Italian - a homage to his muse).

What is the Pomodoro Method?

If working for two hours straight is too tough, how about splitting it up into four 25-minute sessions with breaks in-between?

Simply put, the Pomodoro Method divides work time into manageable chunks (typically 25-minute intervals with five-minute breaks). Stay focused during the work sessions, and then mark down your process during every break. Rinse and repeat.

Time, rather than being a stress-inducing factor, becomes our ally in keeping the mind 100 percent focused on the present with no stress and no strain.

Notes on using the Pomodoro method

Here are some tips on maximising the method’s benefits:

1. Plan. Split up your work into tasks and set your timer.

2. Focus on that task - and we mean it.

3. Refrain from using Pomodoro for an entire work day or during times when you anticipate interruptions.

4. If interrupted, reset the timer and start again. Otherwise, the method kind of loses its point.

Our recommended Pomodoro apps

Ready to try it out? Before buying a tomato-shaped timer, check the App Store for some inspired Pomodoro solutions. Enjoy your newfound efficiency!

(Leave the timing and recording to the app - the rest is on you.)


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