What’s a Pomodoro and Why Would You Do One?



I came across this technique when doing a Google search to find out how to do an Ignite presentation. You can get the details here:


In the past when I had to do large tasks or tasks that I didn’t really want to do, I’d find all kinds of ways of procrastinating or finding distractions to pull me away. Now I do a Pomodoro.

I set a timer for 25 minutes and make a commitment to focus entirely on that task. Then when the timer goes off I reward myself with a five minute break to do whatever I want, whether that’s going on Facebook, having a snack or doing some stretching.

Knowing that there is a time limit makes the task finite and doable. If I want to continue that task, I’ll do another Pomodoro and will continue like that until it’s done.

Now I do it for everything and I even do it with my boy. Instead of asking him to clean his room and hope it happens, I set a timer for 25 minutes and tell him he has to keep finding things to clean or organize in his room until the buzzer goes off. It’s an achievable task and instead of an overwhelming concept of cleaning; it’s a short job (and almost a fun challenge) that has a specific end point. It gets done.

Over this next week, when you find yourself procrastinating, do a Pomodoro and then come back here to let me know how that works for you.

Eric Brown of BodyworkBiz (an online massage business resource) also owns Thermal Palms, Relax to the Max, World Massage Conference and Massage Therapy Radio. Sign up for the free BodyworkBiz massage marketing newsletter at http://bodyworkbiz.com/newsletter.php


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17 thoughts on “What’s a Pomodoro and Why Would You Do One?

  1. I’ve been using a strategy similar to this recently that has really helped. I read about it in a book by one of my fave authors, Anne Lamott in “Bird by Bird.” She suggests that writers who are experiencing the inevitable “writer’s block” place a very small picture frame on their desk. The frame, that can be as small as 1″ by 1″, is a visual prompt to get the writer to write just enough to fill up the frame. I use the idea for my teaching materials also such as: “Right now’ I’ll just write the description for the class.” or “Right now, I’ll just create an outline for the first hour.” It has REALLY helped me. Now I am going to put the pomodoro to the test now by spending the next 25 minutes on a Power Point I have been procrastinating about doing.

    Thanks E for another great idea:-)

  2. I use this already, although I use a 15minute timer. It can also be used to keep yourself from spending too much time on the fun tasks and distractions.

    I’ve had days that the only way I got anything done was to use the timer and go back and forth between the annoying tasks and the fun things everything 15 minutes.

  3. That’s a great idea Carrie, especially after yesterday’s tip: Set a timer for the things you shouldn’t be doing, i.e. 15 minutes on Facebook.

  4. I’ve never heard of this idea before, and since I tend to be a procrastinator at times
    this will be a fun way to get things done that I don’t particularly care to do but needs to be done. Presto task completed! I love it.

  5. I am the queen of procrastinating, in fact I am doing it now. I love the advice and intend to implement it forthwith (well as soon as I can get a timer).

  6. I love this idea!
    I know this sounds like procrastinating.. But I have put it on my list for tomorrow to pick up a pomodoro to try this!
    I already feel like I’m getting more accomplished this week than I have for a while. Thank you!

  7. It’s not procrastinating. It’s prioritizing. It’s not that important for you today and that’s just fine. Super excited to hear that you’ve had a productive week!

  8. I struggle on and off with depression and sometimes find that the only way for me to do anything at all is with the Pomodoro technique or some variation on it (shorter time periods for when I’m *totally* overwhelmed, etc.). Today is one of those days. I did a self-care Pomodoro, with loud music blaring so I had some sort of energy to float on top of, and not only did my full self-care routine for the first time in many days, but realized it takes a whole “tomato” to get that done…not something I would’ve guessed. That also explains why I am not often able to both get somewhere on time and do everything I think would be helpful for my body’s well-being. Thank you for reminding me to do this, Eric!

  9. Every now and then I was using a 10 min timer as my break to do HH chores. I even wrote a blog about it which I called “The 10 Min Accomplishment” but funny it has not been published yet until now lol.. talking about procrastination.:) I will try to publish that at the end of the day. Anyway, will put this into action on a regular basis starting tomorrow. Yesterday I was out with my husband and today will be out again as I am trying to enjoy the last 4 days of my vacation. So far, this challenge made me think of how much I can accomplish in my personal and business life by implementing “change”. Thanks a lot Eric. 🙂

  10. I love this idea. It gives you a feeling that you are having more control of your own life and that time is precious and valuable. It has a cute name and I will definitely start this today. Now I have to practice saying the word pomodoro so that I won’t forget it. Great Concept.

  11. Funny I thought pomodoro was the name of an old hairdo style LOL!
    I have tried this method and when I remember to use it … it works wonderfully!
    Imagine that! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  12. Thanks. I love the idea & challenge. I tend to get overwhelmed by all I have to do and by life in general. Thanks….going to use this!

  13. This is a great way to discipline the kids: “Time for bed! Just 5 more minutes…” ok, set the timer, tick tick tick… ding! “Your time’s up, off to bed with you!” … ok 😉

    Now, to work on making some kids 😛

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