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The Pomodoro Technique

Boost your productivity and focus

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understand how the pomodoro technique can increase your ability to focus and your productivity.
  • Learn about the benefits of breaking down large tasks into smaller portions.
  • Conclude that grouping your outstanding tasks will maximise the output for each “pomodoro”.
  • Develop strategies for managing distractions so as to improve your workflow.


Time is the one constant in life, and our ability to manage it effectively can make the difference between success and failure. You will find a number of tips and tools in this section of the website, and we suggest you explore and identify those that work the most effectively for you. In this article we explore the pomodoro technique, which is a simple yet effective tool that can help to boost your ability to focus and your productivity.

Francesco Cirillo published the pomodoro technique in the 1980s after using it effectively during his academic studies. Pomodoro is Italian for “tomato” – the technique was named after the tomato-shaped timer he used when developing the tool at university.

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