While there are several aspects to the Pomodoro Technique, the basics of the system are pretty simple and can be broken down into five steps:
The first step is to choose a task. Write down a list of necessary activities on an activity sheet and then transfer those that need to be accomplished that day onto a to-do list. Figure out which task should be tackled first.
Set the timer for 25 minutes and begin work on the task.
Stop working when the timer goes off.
Make a note of the completion of a work period. (Hint: Some timers, such as Focus Booster, are programed to record each period automatically.)
Program the timer for your break (3-5 minutes).
Each one of these work/break periods is known as a “Pomodoro”. After completing four pomodoros, you can take a longer break of 20-30 minutes.
Cirillo also provides training on how you can analyze the effectiveness of your work periods each day, helping you to improve your concentration and ability to manage distractions. One mantra of the Pomodoro Technique is that “The next pomodoro will go better”, and it will, so long as you stick with the system and pay attention to how you manage your work.