The Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro® Training Level 01: Time is not a predator!

Struggling to stop procrastinating? Tired of running after deadlines? Uncertain about how to setup a personal daily and weekly routine in order to reach your goals focused and stress-free?

Course Info









Jan 16th
05:00 pm
Malaga, Spain
3,5 hours

Do more and have fun with time management

Participants in the Pomodoro® Training Level 01 will learn how to set up a daily and weekly routine. To achieve these goals consistently and with no stress you need to learn how to be helped by Time! You'll learn the Pomodoro® principles to turn Time from a vicious predator to the greatest ally in order to reach your goals.

By the end of this training you will have developed awareness about time management themes that will enable you to immediately improve your productivity in your everyday life.


Learn from Francesco Cirillo how to setup and consistently maintain your personal daily and weekly routine by applying the principles underlying the Pomodoro® technique.

Pomodoro Training

The goal of the Pomodoro® technique is to change how our mind perceives Time. Applying the technique means looking for and developing a positive relationship with Time: turn Time into an ally.

The technique is made up of principles, practices, processes, tools - the timer, the activity inventory, the records sheet - rules and objectives.

The whole technique share one main principle: increase your awareness.

You need to master the principles behind the technique - detachment, observation and continual feedback, dependency inversion - in order to develop an effective relationship with Time.

Through the application of these principles you can increase your awareness and develop a positive relationship with Time. This way you'll increase your productivity in a sustainable way.

Pomodoro Training

This training represents the first of the four levels in the Pomodoro® Training Program.

In this training, Francesco will propose you to achieve two objectives:

  1. Set up a daily routine: the Pomodoro® Daily Process.
  2. Set up a weekly routine: the Pomodoro® Weekly Process.

To consistently reach those objectives, we need Time to help us supporting them.


Ever happened to start applying a reasonable time management tip or technique and then drop it?

As long as we see Time as a vicious predator, we experience applying of any productivity technique as a Time thief. Forcing ourselves to apply a time management tip, practice or technique ends up feeding our anxiety. The predator takes over and soon we will abandon it.

During this training, Francesco will explain two important concepts.

1. How to turn Time into an ally thanks to the principles of the Pomodoro® Technique in order to support and make consistent our Pomodoro® processes.

None of us likes to procrastinate our commitments or run when we are late and our deadline is coming. Behind these reactions there is often fear and anxiety. We see time running by as a vicious predator. We don't know how to deal with that predator - the limit given by our deadlines - and we implement dysfunctional reactions: we run, we paralyze, or we find shortcuts. All this creates a sense of guilt and frustration that feeds our fear of not making it and develops a vicious circle: fear and anxiety, sense of guilt, more fear and anxiety...

We may meet our deadlines... but how? Usually we feel exhausted and not fully satisfied of the result of our work.

The entire Pomodoro® technique is built to effectively deal with the fear of "Time as Predator" and turn the vicious circle mentioned above into a virtual circle.

When we manage to realize that Time can help us reach our goals, if we know how it can help us, we stop running, procrastinating and finding shortcuts. We trust ourselves, think and find solutions.

To do this, during the training Francesco will continuously train a set of principles of the Pomodoro® Technique: inverting the dependency on Time, regulating complexity, detachment, observation and continual feedback, sustainable pace.

As you will see these principles are extremely effective to deal with our Predator.

2. The Pomodoro® Technique isn't just a timer ;)

During the training, Francesco will introduce you to two Pomodoro® processes (daily and weekly) and to the values, principles and practices of the technique.

"But... isn't the Pomodoro® Technique just a timer to be set for 25 minutes?"

If you read some blog posts on the Internet you might develop the idea that the Pomodoro® Technique is the art of setting a timer to 25 minutes :) and work without interruptions.

Actually The Pomodoro® technique is a complete time management training program consisting of values, principles, tools, practices, processes, goals and rules.

The Pomodoro® timer is the central tool in the technique, but it is just a part of it!

The aim of the technique is to learn how to deal with the Predator and turn it into our best ally to become more productive with fun and no anxiety.



Learning what the Pomodoro® Technique really is

  • Values and principles.
  • Tools, process/es and rules.
  • The six incremental objectives to be reached.

Why the technique really works?

  • What's behind it?
  • Time is not a predator! Is it? :)

The Pomodoro® Explained

  • Inverting the dependency on Time.
  • The Pomodoro® Core Process.
  • Mastering the art of stopping to reach your goals faster.
  • It's all about increasing self observation and awareness.
  • Detachment and sustainable pace.
  • Observation and continual feedback.

Setting up a Pomodoro® Daily Process in order to reach our goals

Setting up an effective Pomodoro® Weekly Timetable


  • Q&A Pomodoro® Clinic.
  • Common mistakes.
  • Four time management challenges for you.
  • Ask your questions!

If you have a deadline and are afraid to fail, if you are used to procrastinating, if you interrupt yourself or if you are constantly interrupted, this training is for you.


This training is the fundamental step to start an effective personal or team time management training: you will learn how to manage the fear of the limit given by time running.

These are the next steps...

In Pomodoro® Training Level 02 you will learn how to consistently apply the different practices, processes, tools and rules provided in the technique for 21 days. The training is structured in such a way as to achieve the six objectives of the technique one after the other.

In Pomodoro® Training Level 03 you will learn how to complete complex goals and tasks. You'll learn how the Pomodoro® Technique can help you reach your goals in scenarios characterized by interdependent tasks, bottlenecks and interactions with people or teams.

In Pomodoro® Training Level 04 you will become an Official Pomodoro® Trainer. You will learn how to transfer your Pomodoro® Technique time management experience to other people and how to create Pomodoro® Time Fitness Plans to individuals and teams and monitor their progress.


Francesco has worked at the forefront of the software industry for more than 30 years.

In a career spanning startups, corporations and freelance consulting, he has mentored thousands of professionals, developers, managers and software teams.

In the 1990s he worked as a Senior Consultant and Mentor for Sun Microsystem, expert in Software Architectures and Software Development Processes and Java and Object-Oriented Evangelist.

Francesco is one of the pioneers of agile methods. He started working on XP and TDD in 1999. He was chosen by Kent Beck as reviewer of the second edition of the book Extreme Programming Explained.

He created the Anti IF Campaign in 2007 to raise awareness in the international community of developers to apply good design principles.

He has been running the Software Design School since 2019.

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 complete profile.


Marco Isella

Software Engineer

Francesco has changed the way I work, and more.

Simone Casciaroli

Senior software developer (Contractor) at Nutralete

Since attending this program with Francesco Cirillo, and learning his approach to software design, I have realized that my previous understanding of the topic was not as effective as I once thought. By understanding his approach, I have been able to significantly improve my own software design, benefiting both my team and myself. Despite the fact that my course was focused solely on software design, it has helped me become an all-around better software developer.

Matteo Regazzi

Agile Coach at inspearit Italy

Having experienced Francesco’s work and methodology in the past, I wanted to study with him again and try his mentoring program. Amazingly, I was able to regain immediate momentum, motivation, and obtain astonishing results, even though working remotely. This was also due in part to the organization of the sessions, which were always efficient and productive. One of the best investments I have ever made in myself. Thank you!


Pomodoro® Mentoring with Francesco

Pomodoro® Mentoring with Francesco

One day of mentoring with the creator of the Pomodoro® technique.

Pomodoro® Training - Level 01: Time is not a predator!

Pomodoro® Training - Level 01: Time is not a predator!

Learn how you can use The Pomodoro® technique to maximize your productivity.

Pomodoro® Training - Level 02: It's not just the timer :)

Pomodoro® Training - Level 02: It's not just the timer :)

Learn how to apply the Pomodoro® technique