THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE®

by Francesco Cirillo

The Pomodoro Technique®

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.

Sue Shellenbarger

FOCUS. RELAX. IMPROVE. ACHIEVE.

Quiet your mind. Keep distractions at bay. Let your ideas take center stage. The Pomodoro Technique is about getting things done now. Simply. That's why we didn't need to fill our book with inspirational metaphors or empty promises. Our unique time management method gives you immediate and lasting results. Master it, and you'll be able to accomplish anything.

CONTENTS

Preface & Introduction

Foundations

  • The Context

Practice

  • 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

Results

  • 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 has worked at the forefront of the software industry for twenty years. In a career spanning startups, multinationals and freelance consulting, he has mentored thousands of developers and software teams. Francesco’s core focus has always been improving productivity and efficiency, by finding ways to achieve better results with less time and less effort. In the 1980s he invented the Pomodoro Technique, a renowned time-management tool used by software developers all over the world.

Testimonials

Daryn Edelman

Certified Professional Resume Writer

As a Resume Writer I spend hours at my keyboard creating documents for clients. After reading the Pomodoro Technique I realized how effective scheduling and time management enables me to do more within less time. Francesco has created a very easy to follow system that would benefit anyone who wants to work faster and smarter.

Life and style

The Guardian

A surprisingly intense way of working.

Erica Ho

Lifehacker

The Pomodoro Technique trains your brain away from distractions.

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.