The Pomodoro Technique is a time management strategy that utilizes a timer to break up work into intervals which are then followed by short breaks. It was invented in the late 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, a university student studying for his Ph.D., as a more efficient way of managing work and study. The technique has its roots in the tomato-shaped kitchen timer called 'pomodoro' as well as Cirillo's interest in high-intensity interval training.
The Pomodoro technique, also known as the Pomodoro Method- follows a simple rule: work for 25 minutes, take a short break of five minutes, and then work again for another 25 minutes. This can be done four to six times in one day. The technique is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility and increase productivity.
A study conducted by Gretchen Rubin found that working on difficult tasks for 25 minutes and taking a three-minute break before returning to them led to a 96% success rate.