The Pomodoro Technique was developed in the late 1980s by then-university student Francesco Cirillo. Cirillo needed help to focus on his studies and complete assignments. Feeling overwhelmed, he asked himself to commit to 10 minutes of focused study time. Encouraged by the challenge, he found a tomato (Pomodoro in Italian) shaped kitchen timer, and the Pomodoro technique was born.

Stepwise, it goes something like this,

  1. Get a to-do list and a timer.
  2. Set your timer for 25 minutes, and focus on a single task until the timer rings.
  3. When your session ends, mark off one Pomodoro and record what you completed.
  4. Then enjoy a five-minute break.
  5. After four Pomodoros, take a more extended, refreshing 15-30 minute break.

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From the pen of,

Ankit Goyal, the GATE Guru & AIR -1

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