The Pomodoro Technique

Over the weekend, during my studies I was surfing the Internet during my break. I must say that I usually go studying for an hour or two before taking a slightly long break (30 minutes or an hour :-P). I happened to come across an interesting technique for time management and being productive, known as the Pomodoro Technique. Pomodoro is "tomato" in Italian by the way.

The technique is quite interesting in that you work in what seems to be small shifts, known as pomodoros. First you decide what you want to do, followed by your shifts. Usually they are 25 minutes each. In between pomodoros you take a short break (usually 5 minutes). After the fourth pomodoro you take a longer break (15 minutes). Rinse and repeat as long as required. Apparently it is commonly used in programming tasks, and thinking about it I used to do pomodoros whenever I programmed. For example, I would program for 30 minutes or so and by then lose myself in lines, requiring me to take a short break before restarting.

I decided to give it a try during the weekend for my linear algebra studies. At first it seemed weird, since 25 minutes seems like nothing, but you would be surprised how much work can be done in such a short period of time! Did it work with my studies? Maybe, I didn't feel fatigued like I sometimes do after studying straight for an hour. I did feel more confident in the exam, although I can't say if it is related to the pomodoro technique or just the fact I studied earlier than usual.

Looks like I will be trying out this technique in other common tasks and see how it goes. I don't know how this would work in the world expected by employers. Would your boss find it weird if you got up every 25 minutes for a 5 minutes break and then eventually for 15 minutes of break?

3 thoughts on “The Pomodoro Technique”

  1. Yeah that’s the only way to program.. Otherwise, you really get lost and baffled! I’ve always done this, even before I read about it a couple of years ago.

  2. Pomodoro technique is good but a little boring.In fact there is GAME based on pomodoro technique called Pomodorium 🙂 makes it more fun

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