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The Pomodoro Technique

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  502 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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! A Pomodoro Consists of 25 minutes Plus a Five-Minute Break (§2.1).
! After Every Four Pomodoros Comes a 15-30 Minute Break (§2.1.2).
! The Pomodoro Is Indivisible. There are no half or quarter Pomodoros (§2.1).
! If a Pomodoro Begins, It Has to Ring:
! If a Pomodoro is interrupted definitively – i.e. the interruption isn’t handled
(§2.2.2) – it’s considered void, never begun, and it can’t be recorded with an X
! If an activity is completed once a Pomodoro has already begun, continue re
Now I want to make clear that my two star rating has nothing to do with the Pomodoro Technique itself - I think this is an interesting/common sense one that many of us already use. However, this was by far one of the most boring productivity books I've read where book in this case is, essentially, an academic paper. Except without any believable academics. Just because you cite people and have quotes doesn't necessarily make your "research" compelling and I am honestly not sure there is really e ...more
Abdulaziz Alsubaie
I knew this technique long time ago but I've never plunged into its details. This book/paper summarized it all in an easy to understand text with lots of real life examples/scenarios.

you can get the book from iBooks for $10 or get it for free as PDF from their website

The bottom-line is summarized in the following set of rules:

! A Pomodoro Consists of 25 minutes Plus a Five-Minute Break (§2.1).

! After Every Four Pomodoros Comes a 15-30 Minute Break (§2.1.2).

! Th
First of all, it is interesting to notice that using the regressive count to improve the performance of the execution of certain tasks may not be very effective.
The Pomodore Technique consists on an interesting method to organize and improve your routine of tasks execution. And it is really simple: make a list of things you need to do, grab a timer, set it to 25 minutes, focus completely on the execution of the task. After the timer rings, stop whatever you're doing, take a 5 minute break, then
A friend of mine mentioned Pomodoro technique in one of his tweet. I never heard about it before so I watched the video on their website. Someone promises better organisation of your time and more efficiency? Yes please!

The book is not bad, it's very short, especially if you do not count introduction and some other unrelated pages. It is easy to read, but you get a feeling that they are repeating and over explaining simple things for the sake of length. I think that it could have been explained
Bartlett Morgan
Written by the creator and chief refiner of the technqiue - Francesco Cirillo - the book breaks down the latest buzz concept in GTD: Pomodoro.

Using clear and instructive language, Cirillo does a fairly good job of treating to the theory behind the technique, explaining for example why humans do best when we work in spurts of roughly 25 minutes. I am also impressed by his continuous use of practical illustrations in showing how Pomodoro may be applied in everyday contexts - from studying to comp

Kirk Elifson
The technique has already been helpful even in reading this short book (only two pomodoros!). From initial reading the concepts in this book appear to be applicable to my time as a student and potentially the rest of my career. The only problem I've seen that wasn't addressed is the ability for the mind to perform context switches. The author suggests breaking down pomodoros even further into 5 minute chunks surrounding pomodoros for review, and the primary 15 minute block in between, followed b ...more
I am currently in the final year of my PhD, and because I'm a chronic procrastinator there's still a lot of work to be done. In between the panic attacks and the bouts of despair, I remembered this method I'd heard about that might help me finish my thesis in time. The essence of the Pomodoro Technique is simple: each day you get a limited number of 30-minute time periods (Pomodoros) during which you concentrate on a single task. Work for 25 minutes, pause for 5 minutes, repeat. Based on the onl ...more
This is a pretty quick read and was recommended to me by a successful self-employed person. It's a time management strategy. The name "Pomodoro" comes from the fact that the author invented the strategy using a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato. And he's Italian. And the Italian word for tomato is "pomodoro". So he refers to a unit of time as a "pomodoro". Kind of cute, IMO. I downloaded a free timer app and turned the sound off to try it out. He recommends keeping the sound ON, but I think a c ...more
Joy Weese Moll
The basic technique of the pomodoro is easily explained. Well, once you understand that ‘pomodoro’ is the Italian word for tomato and that a popular kitchen timer in Italy is in the shape of a tomato.

A pomodoro is 25 minutes of time focused on a chosen task. Choose your task, set your timer, don’t allow interruptions for any reason short of a fire alarm. When the 25 minutes are up, take a break. Repeat.

Of course, you don’t need a whole book to explain that. The book helps you take that basic tec
Huda Ahmed
If you have hard time doing activities that you don't like or complex ones, the pomodoro technique will help you getting started. Knowing that you will finish after a specific time, will keep you focused and patient.

The Pomodoro technique is effective specially for people who procrastinate, or fears from not being able to finish. Without pomodoro you feel that time passes without significant output, but with pomodoro you will feel that you are productive.

One of the points i really liked is that
Helped me a lot but I don't like the sound of a ticking clock. I think over time, my productivity and ability to focus will improve even without a pomodoro.
Barbara Ab
In my opinion the technique is effective for people like me who tend to be distracted by any spot on the wall, but the method to implement its application takes too much time. Timing the time for every task, chapter , etc, is time consuming. I have no idea if it will bring any time improvement, but surely I am not in the mood of keeping on filling in forms. Moreover I think that it is effective if you are a student, but not if you need to work in an working place when you have to interact a lot ...more
Jasper Roest
I love the Pomodoro technique. While I would say that the Pomodoro technique is not useful for everyone in all situations, but for me it is great and it has made me much more productive! There are many recommendations in this book on how to make optimal use of this technique. I only apply this technique when it fits with the kind of work that I have to do, but when I use it it really helps me to focus and because of the regular short breaks I can work longer and relatively stress free. I have us ...more
De entre las muchas enfermedades que sufro, últimamente está empezando a destacar una que me preocupa porque me acerca al comportamiento de un piscópata de manual: se trata de la lectura de manuales por placer. En vez del relajo proveniente de una buena novela o de la chispa intelectual que me aportaría un buen ensayo, mi trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo ha tomado el control una vez más y ahora leo obras técnicas sobre programas informáticos para fines determinados o, como es este caso, una nueva a ...more
Nikita Salnikov-tarnovski
I have to agree with other reviewers - this is not a book. This is a description of the specific time management technique, written in a way resembling that of academic research paper. Which means that it can be dry and boring for people not used to reading such papers.

It does a pretty good job in describing the method, but it is not very convincing in the usefulness of this method. If I haven't heard praises to the Pomodoro Technique before, I wouldn't be convinced by this book. But I have, so
Isabella Chen
A colleague recommended the Pomodoro technique. I tried it for a month and eventually got so stressed I broke down at work. Unfortunately, most of my work consists of highly time sensitive tasks dependent on communicating with others. I tried my best to get into the pomodoro rhythm, but it simply didn't work. Eventually my colleague also gave up saying that the feeling of being unable to complete a pomodoro was extrememly unpleasant.

I did however learn a lot from that month of sticking to it re
The Technique described in the book is wonderful, a simple yet powerful way to think about time management for anyone who has to juggle diverse tasks during the day and wants to manage his or her time better. The basic idea is to make a plan for each day, and break up tasks into 25-minute chunks, with mandatory breaks of at least three to five minutes between. A 25-minute period is called a "Pomodoro", Italian for tomato, because the Italian author used a mechanical kitchen timer that looks like ...more
I think this technique has the potential of creating self-discipline specially for people who work at home. For people who work in offices, it won't be that effective eventhough the technique claims it does work.

As usual I include the relevant phrases from the book:

If a colleague or study partner comes over, you can politely say you’re busy and can’t be interrupted. (Some people use the humorous expression “I’m in the middle of a Pomodoro.”) Then tell the person that you’d rather call them back
While I was casting around for a way to organize my day better, I came across this free online. It's an interesting theory that if you break your day up into 25-minute segments, you can get more accomplished with fewer distractions.

I'm not opposed to using a timer as a goad to get a project started. For years I've participated in a writing exercise where you write hard and fast for 10 minutes. The key for me is to let the timer be a whip, not a stop sign.

Maybe it's because I'm a writer -- and a
Alex Devero
In this interesting book the author presents a simple yet effective method of structuring your work day into smaller chunks called Pomodoro Technique. This method will help you overcome the lack of motivation by cutting any large or complex tasks into smaller and manageable chunks. By using this technique you will become a more effective worker and your work will also be more rewarding.
Bob Connelly
A quick and simple read on the Pomodoro technique for improving your productivity. It is very practical, and looks like a great way to help get better focus, and for getting things done. I am just starting out on using the technique but this book was excellent in giving you the tools to put the technique into practice.
Anton Antonov
A must read for every time-management enthusiast. But who isn't? This book will definitely help you get your goals done in reasonable time and have you learn more about yourself.

Full review: but it can't cover the whole awesomeness of the book.
Liam Delahunty
I've used the technique for a while but not read the original paper. It's easy to read and whilst I won't implement the technique exactly as Cirillo envisaged it is worth reading the paper and implementing the technique as a practicable and easy implemented productivity system.

Shawn Camp
Quick read, I've used this method briefly with some success and wanted to see what was mentioned regarding interupptions and other minor techniques. This book helps explain the process in full and offers a few tips as well that was well worth the read.
Alessandro Paci
L'idea alla base di questo metodo per organizzare e ottimizzare il proprio tempo è semplice e buona, ma semplicemente non c'era nessun bisogno di scrivere un libro di 50 pagine per ciò che si poteva riassumere in una.
Mark Pearyer
Read this book in one sitting. It works hand and hand with the kanban flow application. I personally feel that I am able to put out higher quality of work with this method.
Hasanah HM
It's really easy to follow. Anyone who wants to improve their work productivity must try this technique! I have tried it for a few days while still in the middle of reading the book and I can see my research work has improved! I am really motivated and am fired to finish each of the tasks at hand. This book must be read especially for procrastinators (yep, I used to be one too!). I will try to apply and implement this technique and I will also be monitoring my own progress. Let's see if it reall ...more
Matt Jans
Great minimalist explanation of the Pomodoro Technique. Made it easy to get started. I use the technique daily.
Ilya Zayats
Too condensed and boring to absorb the information easily. Technique is great, book is not
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