The Pomodoro Technique: Step-by-Step Instructions

The Pomodoro Technique: Step-by-Step Instructions

The Pomodoro technique suggests splintering tasks into small intervals of 25 minutes of working and 5 minutes of break.

It was invented by a business school student, Francesco Cirillo, in the 1980s (it’s named after the Pomodoro tomato-shaped kitchen timer Cirillo used).

Here are the simple step-by-step instructions: 

  1. Pick a task.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes (aka one Pomodoro). 
  3. Get to work. 
  4. Take a 5-minute break after your timer dings. 
  5. Once you’ve done four of these 25-minute Pomodoros, take a longer break for 15–30 minutes.

Aside from the scientifically-proven benefits that breaks have on our focus and creativity, the Pomodoro Technique does something else important; it tells us when to stop.

This allows our brains to really focus in on the task at hand during the Pomodoro, and then fully disconnect for break time.

This can help reduce stress and come at our work with a fresh perspective every time.