Francesco Cirillo introduced the Pomodoro time management method in the late 1980s.
How it works
- Choose a task from your todo list.
- Set the Pomodoro timer (25 minutes).
- Work on the task.
- Stop when the timer fires. Put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
- If you have less than four checkmarks, take a short break (5 minutes) then go to step 1.
- Take a long break (15–30 minutes) after four checkmarks. Then reset the checkmark, start again from step 1.
Each 25-minute Pomodoro interval should not be interruptible. You get the idea. The goal is to make working long hours bearable especially if you have to work for 8 hours or more.
When I work on my side projects, I usually only take a break in the middle because I only work three hours a day. But when the task is intense, taking frequent breaks using the Pomodoro technique would be great.