From Sustainability Methods
Type Team Size
Me, Myself and I Group Collaboration The Academic System Software 1 '2-10 11-30 30+

What, Why & When

Using Pomodoro is generally a good idea when you have to get work done and don't want to lose yourself in the details as well as want to keep external distraction to a minimum. It also works brilliantly when you struggle with starting a task or procrastination in general.


  • Stay productive
  • Manage time effectively
  • Keep distractions away
  • Stay flexible within your head
  • Avoid losing yourself in details

Getting started

Pomodoro is a method to self-organize, avoid losing yourself, stay productive and energized.

Pomodoro is very simple. All you need is work to be done and a timer.

There are six steps in the technique:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes = 1 "Pomodoro").
  3. Work on the task.
  4. End work when the timer rings (Optionally: put a checkmark on a piece of paper).
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks (i.e. done less than 4 Pomodoros) , take a short break (5 minutes), then go back to step 2.
  6. After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then start again at step 1.

Links & Further reading



The author of this entry is Matteo Ramin.