Pomodoro Technique: Only 1 Way To Avoid Distractions At Work

The Pomodoro Technique is one in all my favorite techniques to fight procrastination and maintain focus and productivity throughout the day. Stay tuned for recommendations on the way to incorporate this into your study routine.


First of all, I want to discuss a little bit about the history of the Pomodoro Technique. It was invented back in the early 1990s by Francesco Cirillo. He named it the Pomodoro Technique once the tomato formed timer that he wont to truly track his work as a collegian. Since then this system has gained abundant quality in varied productivity and self-reformation circles.
The theory behind it is that any large task or any series of tasks can be broken down into short timed intervals called Pomodoro’s, each is separated by a short break. This takes advantage of the fact that our brains have limited attention spans so as to how to use it.

The only item you really need is a timer. You can go old-fashioned or use your phone or computer with an app. My favorite app is called Pomodoro Timer Lite on the Android. It’s my favorite because of its clean interface and customizability that’s making it easy to do the traditional Pomodoro or customize it to your liking more on that in a little bit.

Pomodoro Technique


  1. So first choose a task or series of tasks that you need to accomplish.
  2. Next set the timer to 25 minutes.
  3. Continue to work on the task until the timer goes off.
  4. Avoid constantly checking the timer.
  5. Once the timer goes off take a short break for five minutes. Get up during this time.
  6. Do not take the break at the same spot that you were working. I personally like stretching, moving around and also the time to use the bathroom and grab a refill for your water.
  7. After for Pomodoro cycles, take a longer break of 20 minutes and repeat.


Do your best to limit distractions. The whole point is 25 minutes of focus. Don’t be checking Facebook or Reddit or any other websites on and off. Focus on the task at hand.

I personally put my phone on either airplane mode or do not disturb mode. But, be careful because do not disturb mode can actually affect the notifications on your timer app if you are using your smartphone app.

If someone else comes knocking for help use the inform negotiate callback strategy which was suggested by Francesco Cirillo himself. So inform the distracting party that you’re in the middle of something.

Negotiate a time when you can get back to them and call back when your Pomodoro is complete and you’re ready to address their need when to use it.

It’s easier to start. And once I finish that cycle it always feels less daunting as I’ve built momentum at this time. It’s usually not a problem to keep moving forward with my work. I’ve also found it useful for reading textbook chapters going through my on key deck and getting started on background reading for research projects.

Remember though that Pomodoro is ultimately a productivity system to serve you. Therefore don’t feel obligated to always take a break if you’re in the groove for longer days where you’ll be sitting for most of the day such as the day before a final exam. I recommend you do take breaks as this sustains your stamina and prevents burnout.

Thanks for reading this post regarding the Pomodoro Technique.

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