The Pomodoro® Technique

Over 2 million people have already used the Pomodoro® Technique to transform their lives, making them more productive, more focused and even smarter.

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About the Pomodoro® Technique

The Pomodoro® Technique is organised into six incremental objectives

  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.


By applying the Pomodoro® Technique your organization will manage to:

  • Handle interruptions

    No more mistakes due to the 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 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 there tasks
    Learn to organize your tasks and goals in a clearer way to avoid communication overflow.

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

The Pomodoro® Core Process

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.

The Pomodoro® Core Process 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

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

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.

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The Pomodoro® Daily Process

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The Pomodoro® Weekly Process

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Pomodoro® Technique Books

Over 2 million people have already used the Pomodoro Technique to transform their lives, making them more productive, more focused and even smarter.

Pomodoro® Timer Web App

The Pomodoro® Timer Web App will be your time tutor and help you stay focused so you can get more done. This is an ongoing project and soon new features will be integrated. Stay tuned!

The Pomodoro® Technique Sheets

To help you get started, check out the official templates of the Pomodoro Technique that you can download and print. All of the templates offer simple formatting with a professional appearance.



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Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson

Special Education Teacher, Washington DC Public Schools

If you struggle with time, and with being organized around time, this is the course for you! It will require an investment of time, of leaving yourself open to new ideas, or trying on new habits, but the reward will change your life!


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