This week I’m going to try the Pomodoro Technique

I’m always looking for ways to become more productive. I’ve already started filling up time that I would normally waste doing mini tasks (for example if I’m waiting for the kettle to boil I’ll wash a few dishes or answer a few emails) so I’m interested in anything that will help me do more in less time.

So this week I’m going to give the Pomodoro Technique a whirl.

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The main basis of the Pomodoro technique is essentially time boxing. It’s a technique that was developed in the 90’s by Francesco Cirillo and is so simple.

You simply pick a task, set a timer for 25 minutes and get stuck in. You HAVE to remember to stop when that timer goes, regardless of where you are in the task, you HAVE TO STOP.

You then rest for 5 minutes and repeat the cycle three more times.

After you’ve done your 4 cycles, you take a break for 15 – 20 minutes to read emails, faff about on twitter or grab a cuppa.

25 minutes is the perfect amount of time to be able to sustain concentration, it’s all about building self discipline, helping you feel more productive and of course getting shit done. But it’s important that whilst you’re in your 25 minute zone you’re not allowed to distract yourself. There’s to be no “I just need to send this email” or “I just need to read that text” – you just keep your focus on the designated task.

Now you’re supposed to use one of those cheesy kitchen timers that tick but since I don’t have (and don’t want) one I’m going to use the Pomodoro technique app which comes complete with the ticking.

Apparently the ticking is key to the Pomodoro technique as it brings a sense of urgency to the task. 

If you’re thinking of joining me this week, here are a few guidelines behind the Pomodoro Technique…

▪ You can only work at the task at hand. No other tasks are allowed during your Pomodoro.

▪ When your Pomodoro ends, you stop right away. Even if you think you only need a few more minutes, stop.

▪ When you didn’t finish your work in a Pomodoro, move it to your next Pomodoro session.

▪ When you finish your tasks before the deadline, don’t stop. Review your completed work till the timer ends. Always finish the 25 minutes.

Of course the Pomodoro technique isn’t for every task but if you’re prone to bouts of procrastination it’s a great way to start the day.

Do you use the pomodoro technique? If not do you have a time management system that works? Tell me below!


Author: Rachael

I'm a journalist and creative consultant. I write about how busy women (just like you) can live, work and eat - better.

2 thoughts on “This week I’m going to try the Pomodoro Technique”

  1. Hi Rachael!
    I love the Pomodoro Technique. I use it everyday, mostly when I’m writing. When I first discovered it, I thought it was just another gimmick and that 25 minute increments was not enough time to really get in the “zone.”

    The reason why I know it works great is this– 25 minutes is a short period of time that makes even the most overwhelming tasks easier. I just look at 25 minutes blocks and that’s it. This process puts things into perspective for me because I usually plan too much at one time and if I can only perform 2 Pomodoros each morning when I write, I’m fine with that because each little check mark is a little reminder that I’m inching along and getting some REAL things done.

    Thanks again for the post!

  2. The 25 minute work increments “no matter what” frame of mind definitely gets me going at the beginning of the day, but over time I’ve observed that as the day goes on, I get real human, real quick! I like to switch techniques depending on the work load for the day and that creates a very good rhythm for busy days. One thing that helps me greatly is to write EVERYTHING down that I think I can accomplish in that day and I check things off no matter how paltry the task may seem. We have an almost never ending things to do list while building “whatever” as our ambitions are great and we don’t realize how productive we actually are. There’s always a bigger picture for the entrepreneur, but giving yourself credit everyday is a significant part of the journey. A great source of productivity hacks for me is and the 99% by They both help me keep things in perspective and allow me to stop and smell the current bouquet of getting shit done roses.

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