The Pomodoro Technique

Do more and have fun with time management

For many people, time is an enemy. We race against the clock to finish assignments and meet deadlines. The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. A revolutionary time management system, it is at once deceptively simple to learn and life-changing to use.

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EASY for anyone to use!

Improves productivity IMMEDIATELY!

FUN to do!

The fundamentals of the Pomodoro Technique are simple yet incredibly effective

The process underlying the Pomodoro Technique consists of 6 steps:

1. Choose a task you'd like to get done

Something big, something small, something you’ve been putting off for a million years: it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s something that deserves your full, undivided attention.


2. Set the Pomodoro for 25 minutes

Make a small oath to yourself: I will spend 25 minutes on this task and I will not interrupt myself. You can do it! After all, it’s just 25 minutes.


3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings

Immerse yourself in the task for the next 25 minutes. If you suddenly realize you have something else you need to do, write the task down on a sheet of paper.


4. When the Pomodoro rings, put a checkmark on a paper

Congratulations! You’ve spent an entire, interruption-less Pomodoro on a task.


5. Take a short break on a paper

Breathe, meditate, grab a cup of coffee, go for a short walk or do something else relaxing (i.e., not work-related). Your brain will thank you later.


6. Every 4 pomodoros, take a longer break on a paper

Once you’ve completed four pomodoros, you can take a longer break. 20 minutes is good. Or 30. Your brain will use this time to assimilate new information and rest before the next round of Pomodoros.

Learn how to work together with time, eliminate burnout, manage distractions and create a better work–life balance, using only a pen, some paper and a kitchen timer.

Reaching your goals with the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique book is organised into six incremental goals. The objectives should be achieved in the order in which they are given here:

1. Find out how much effort an activity requires

Ever wonder where all your time goes? Wonder no more: it’s all on the page. Your Pomodoro To-Do sheet is a visual overview of the time you’ve spent on various tasks.


2. Cut down on interruptions

Usually, you can afford to take 25 minutes before calling back a friend or replying to an email. You’ll learn how to handle the inevitable interruption while staying focused on the task at hand.


3. Estimate the effort for activities

Once you’ve gotten the hang of the technique, you’ll be able to accurately predict how many Pomodoros it will take to accomplish tomorrow’s -- or next month’s -- tasks.


4. Make the Pomodoro more effective

While the contours of the Pomodoro are set, what you do within them can be adjusted to maximize efficiency. One way to make a Pomodoro more effective is to use the first few minutes to review what you’ve done before. Other methods are discussed in the book.


5. Set up a timetable

A timetable sets a limit, motivating you to complete a task within a set period of time. It also delineates your work time from your free time. Creating a clear timetable will allow you to enjoy your time off without worrying that you could be doing more work.


6. Define your own objectives

The Pomodoro Technique is a tool you can use to reach your own objectives. For example, a writer might realize he’s spending too much time revising, and adjust his Pomodoro timetable to allow for more brainstorming time.

Read how other people won their challenge with time by applying the Pomodoro Technique.

How the Pomodoro Technique will change you and your team

In today’s fast-paced, time-poor environment it’s normal to want to regain some control over your day and Francesco Cirillo’s deceptively simple time management method is a proven solution.

The Pomodoro Technique offers organizations a way to develop a shared set of practices that protects the team from the frequent and aggressive pressures of time and that transforms these pressures into an opportunity to improve.

By applying the Pomodoro Technique you can manage to:

Handle interruptions

No more mistakes due to lack of concentration.

No more wrong estimates, rework, stress and overtime.

Reduce the length and number of meetings

No more long, exhausting and useless meetings.

Reduce estimation errors

learn to simplify and organize tasks

No more wrong estimates on complex, undefined and uncertain tasks.

Improve motivation by improving the content of work

learn to understand the effort a task will take, reduce the complexity of tasks that need doing, organize your time

No more lack of confidence, lack of responsibility and lack of trust between team members.

Transform time from being an enemy to being an ally in order to achieve your goals

take regular breaks, learn to observe yourself and your team and improve your work process

No more work under pressure.

No more tensions between team members.

No more fear of being accountable.

Meet deadlines without time pressure

learn to transform a complex goal into a series of simpler goals to be reached and hence increase your motivation, the precision of the estimates and the probability of final success

No more missed deadlines and costly delays.

Share with your team members the same point of view about what to do

No more doubts about what to do, who has to do what and when something will be done.

Create an effective team timetable to reach multiple goals, handle unplanned events, tasks, emergencies and change

No more bottlenecks and interruptions.

No more frictions between team members.

Reduce the complexity of your goals and the relative uncertainty of reaching them

by learning to transform deeply nested hierarchies of tasks into linear task lists: task lists without dangerous bottlenecks and interdependencies between tasks

No more complex, unmanageable and unreachable goals.

Optimise the interaction between team members needed to complete tasks

no communication overflow

No more thousands of instant messages, emails and calls interrupting your work flow.

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