The Pomodoro® Technique

By Francesco Cirillo

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

How many times have you felt overwhelmed by the number of things to do without knowing where to start? Little time, distractions, interruptions, anxiety, delays, stress: everything seems to complicate the situation, but, fortunately, someone has found the solution.

When he was a university student, looking for a way to concentrate more, Francesco Cirillo had an idea, as simple as extraordinarily effective, and he called it the Pomodoro Technique. He called it the Pomodoro Technique.

The Pomodoro® Technique was a resounding success. Appreciated by more than two million people and quickly became extremely popular, it was adopted by time management experts all over the world. Over the years, Francesco Cirillo has been improving it, and as a result he's written a book that, for the first time, gives a detailed explanation of the technique. It adds valuable suggestions for improving/better concentration, productivity and efficiency in every area of your business. It is a revolutionary way to regain control of your time.

Focus. Relax. Improve. Achieve.

About the Book

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. Based on more than two decades of refinement and thinking, it’s easy to understand and highly adaptable. It transforms both work and home life which focus your mind on what needs attention at that precise moment.

The book concentrates on how to achieve the six incremental objectives of the technique. You’ll learn how to work with time, eliminate burnout, manage distractions and create a better work–life balance, using only a pen, some paper and a kitchen timer.

The book reveals to you the technique of focusing on a single task (see Pomodoro Core Process), gives valuable tips on how to structure your day (see Pomodoro Daily Process) and your Week (seePomodoro Weekly Process).

This fully updated edition includes new and exclusive material about teamwork, to make you and your team more dynamic than ever (see Pomodoro Team Process).

The Pomodoro® Technique will not only boost your productivity, it will give you a life-long skill to help you achieve your goals.


Preface & Introduction


  • The Context

Reaching Your Individual Goals

  • Material and Method
  • Objective I: Find Out How Much Effort an Activity Requires
  • Objective II: Cut Down on Interruptions
  • Objective III: Estimate the Effort for Activities
  • Objective IV: Make the Pomodoro More Effective
  • Objective V: Set Up a Timetable
  • Objective VI: Define Your Own Improvement Objective

Reaching Your Team Goals

  • Applying the Pomodoro Technique on a Team
  • Adapting the Tools of The Technique to a Team
  • Simple Practices to Get Your Team Started
  • Why Teams Need More Advanced Practices
  • The Practice of the Counter
  • The Practice of the Pomodoro Hackathon
  • The Practice of the Ram


  • Observation
  • Mastering the Technique
  • The Next Step
  • Rules
  • Glossary
  • Get to work
  • To Do Today Sheet
  • Inventory Sheet
  • Records Sheet
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowlegments

About the Author

Francesco Cirillo is the owner of Cirillo Consulting, a consulting firm based in Berlin that works with many of the world’s largest companies.

He created the Pomodoro Technique, a renowned time-management tool used by millions of people all over the world, while a university student looking for a way to get more done in less time.

Francesco's core focus has always been improving productivity and efficiency, by finding ways to achieve better results with less time and less effort.

Francesco has worked at the forefront of the software industry for more than 20 years. In a career spanning startups, multinationals and freelance consulting, he has mentored thousands of professionals, developers, managers and software teams.

Francesco created the Pomodoro® Technique, a renowned time-management tool used by millions of people all over the world, while a university student looking for a way to get more done in less time.

Read Francesco Cirillo's complete profile.

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Chinese The Pomodoro® Technique Book Beijing Media Time Books
Czech Technika Pomodoro® Maven Publishing Buy
Dutch De Pomodoro® Techniek Maven Publishing Buy
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French The Pomodoro® Technique Book Les Éditions Diateino
Italiano La Tecnica del Pomodoro® Tascabili degli Editori Associati
Portuguese The Pomodoro® Technique Book Bertrand Editora
Portuguese The Pomodoro® Technique Book Editora Sextante
Spanish The Pomodoro® Technique Book Ed Paidos y Oniro
Turkish The Pomodoro® Technique Book Buzdağı Yayınevi


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Sue Shellenbarger

The Wall Street Journal

Its simplicity is deceptive... It eased my anxiety over the passing of time and also made me more efficient; refreshed by breaks, for example, I halved the total time required to fact-check a column.


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Pomodoro® Web App

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