What is Pomodoro Technique?

Posted on Fri 14 May 2010 in Developer

Hello folks, in this post I'll explain technique I use it to get things done in my life like Reading, or development tasks; this technique called Pomodoro technique.

Pomodoro kitchen tool

What is Pomodoro Technique?

Pomodoro logo

It's a time management system; It's simple, and very productive.

Pomodoro is tomato in some language "Google it and see", it's inspired by the kitchen timer that take a shape of Tomato, and the timing of the technique is based on the kitchen timer. And here's [link]((http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/) for more information

How to use/implement Pomodoro Technique?

It's very simple and easy to use, there's a number of apps implement it, even you can use a kitchen times unless you're in your company office :D.

Let's start explain how to use it:

  • Allocate a certain task you want to get it done.
  • Do it for 25 minutes.
  • And take a 5 minutes break.
  • Repeat step 2 & 3 4-times.
  • And then take 30 minutes beak.

    And start from step 2 again, and if you finish the task start from the beginning.

Pomodoro Workflow Please don't panic like I said there's a lot of apps implement Pomodoro Technique, and that's make life more easily, I'll review one of the most app used for PT.

Focus Booster:

Focus booster

Focus Booster is my favorite pomodoro technique app, it's developed over Adobe Air so it is cross-platform, and it's free.

focusboosterapp

The UI:

The app

It's very simple just run the application and press the green play button and the timer will decreased until it reach 00:00 and the green bar increased and change its color to the degrees of red (orange and red).

Pomodoro

When it reached 00:00, it'll fire tiny alarm to remind you that's your break time.

Break

During break time the timer reset to 05:00 and decreased to 00:00 and the bar also decreased with it; when the timer reach 00:00 the same tiny alarm will fire to remind you to start you job/30 min break.

What I can do in the break time?

Anything you are like to do in your free time and not related to the task, you can check Twitter, Facebook, Emails, or even read regular blog posts, go out to get fresh air, go check your family, make your drink, take a shower, etc…

For me I like to make my coffee, go pray in the mosque, in the 30 min break I talk a walk, or sometimes check my Emails, Facebook, or Twitter.

So folks I wish this technique helps you in Get Things Done in more productive way; and remember Time is very important thing or our life actually it's our life, so spend it wisely.