25 + 5: The Pomodoro Secret To Success

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Have you ever had that situation where you have copious amounts of work piling up on your desk? Don’t worry! Almost everybody goes through this at one point doing their lives, but the real challenge is how you deal with it and manage yourself.


The Pomodoro technique, developed by Francesco Cirillo in San Francisco in the 1980s, is designed to combat the temptations of distractions to improve efficiency. To use the technique, first decide the task that needs to be completed and set a timer for 25 minutes (traditionally, but you can change it to your desires), work for these 25 minutes with no excuses at all to complete one “Pomodoro”. When the timer runs out leave your work, and feel free to take a 5-minute break. Check your social media, watch TV, draw something, and just do whatever relaxes you. Repeat this for 4 cycles and after this take a long break of up to 30 minutes. 


Frequent breaks have been scientifically proven to keep your mind fresh and focused as well as improve your concentration. The time you spend on your desk is fully productive, which is more satisfying for you as you get your work done faster and the quality of the work produced is also noticeably better. The official website articulates that you are expected to see changes in your work within a day. 


For those with long and varied to do lists, the Pomodoro technique is especially useful as the 25 minute timer, acts as a psychological tool to force you to adhere to the 25 minute timer to ensure that you finish the work, rather than slipping to the dangerous mentality of, “I’ll just do it later.”


This technique is by no means perfect, and it is not for everyone. The technique has the underlying factor that the user has the self-discipline to strictly adhere to the timer. Some critics argue that for those who work in professions that require long periods of concentration such as engineers, the break and work system does not work.

Also due to the 25 minute periods, those with busy schedules may not feel inclined to work in intervals less than 25 minutes as they are unable to complete a Pomodoro which means the time is wasted.


At the end of the day, the beautiful thing about this technique is that it is completely free; just use the timer on your computer or phone. In fact, Cirillo who invented the technique used a tomato-shaped timer from his kitchen. So go ahead and try it, if it’s not for you at least you didn’t lose anything. But just to make my point about Pomodoros, this whole article was written in one.


If you want to learn more about the technique, visit the official site: https://cirillocompany.de/pages/pomodoro-technique