How I Use the Pomodoro Technique

productivity techniques May 11, 2020

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Before I share how I use the Pomodoro technique, I don't want to assume that you know what it is so...

According to Wikipedia, "The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for 'tomato', after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student."

The key word in the above description is traditionally.

That's an important word for the sake of this blog post.

First, there are no Pomodoro police

You can use the traditional Pomodoro Technique of 25/5 which means you work - fully focused - for 25 minutes and then take a minute break.

However, if you create your own Pomodoro timing, you won't go to time management jail! There is no Pomodoro Technique police.

I've been telling anyone who will listen - in The Mark Struczewski Insider newsletter, on The Mark Struczewski Podcast, on social media, from the stage or anywhere else: take whatever you learn - including from me - and adapt it for you. Own it. When you do, you'll be more successful at whatever you're striving to learn or do.

My personal Pomodoro Technique

I will admit that for a while I thought the Pomodoro technique wasn't for me.

But, truthfully, I didn't give it a fair shake.

And I did...

When I began to use the Pomodoro Technique, my first mistake was to try to take the traditional way of doing it and make it fit.


That I remember something I learned from Brendon Burchard. He works for 50 minutes and then he takes a 10-minute break. Every hour.

When I heard hit me like, well, the proverbial ton of bricks! BAM!

I began to use Brendon's 50/10 Pomodoro Technique.

Now, when I create my daily plan, I schedule events for 50 minutes (as in 10:00-10:50). To further assist me, I set an alarm on my Apple Watch for 50 minutes past the hour during work hours.

This works BEAUTIFULLY! It really helps me be so productive.

Note: I do not take the break at :50 past when I'm on a coaching call, conducting an interview (or being interviewed), or a webinar, doing some other live event. However, I will stand up if I can.

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