Ever heard the word “pomodoro” before? Yes, it’s the Italian word for “tomato,” and it’s also a style of pasta sauce. If you’re a big fan of life hacks, however, then you already know that the Pomodoro Technique is a time-management method that many swear by to prevent procrastination and maximize productivity.
You Say Tomato, We Say Pomodoro
Created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique got its name from a tomato-shaped kitchen timer he used while developing the method. The process is actually very simple. First, you outline a to-do list of the projects that need work that day. Then you divide each one into 25-minute working periods called “pomodoros.” Then you get to work. You should be focused and working for the entirety of each 25-minute pomodoro, and at the end, you take a 5-minute break. After four pomodoros pass, you get a well-earned 15–20-minute break to replenish your energy.