The Pomodoro Technique Trains Your Brain Away From Distractions

The Pomodoro Technique Trains Your Brain Away From Distractions

The Pomodoro technique is a productivity method that utilises timers and breaks, emphasising working in focused bursts. Software developer Greg Head explains how to use the Pomodoro technique train your brain to work in spurts for better concentration and better work output.

Developed in the 1990s, the Pomodoro technique uses a timer and a simple concept: write down a task, work on that task for 25 minutes without interruption, and then take a break for five minutes. It takes the pressure off the task and discourages multitasking. The goal is to pace yourself through the task, while still maintaining progress. This method enables you to concentrate without distractions, and encourages deep thinking, and Head has a nice, quick introduction to it at a recent Ignite event (see the video above).

For more information beyond the video, check out our wordier introduction to the Pomodoro Technique. What other techniques have worked for you? Tell us below in the comments.

The Pomodoro Technique by Greg Head, Ep. 61 [YouTube]


  • I’ve been using a similar technique for years with a 45 min study block with a 15 min break.
    I have to give the technique credit for improving my marks from average to the top 5% in the class simply becuase I was able to get though the study more efficently.

    I can’t believe there are not more commments ont his post, I am writing this 24 months after it was published.

    This technique may not seem all that interesting, believe me when I say that you take it for a test drive for a few days and you will be hooked.

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