How to increase your productivity using the Pomodoro technique

Research has shown that most people are unable to concentrate on a task for more than 20 to 25 minutes. The Pomodoro technique is based on this observation and encourages working in blocks of 25 minutes to maximise your effectiveness.


The concept is simple: you focus on a single task for 25 minutes while trying to block any external interruptions (phone calls, emails, discussion with colleagues, etc.). You then have a 5-minute break during which you completely change your focus:  stand up, stretch, have a chat to a colleague, etc. But be warned: 5 minutes goes fast so don’t plan anything specific during your break.

Over time, you will be able to assess how many Pomodoro’s (25-minute blocks) you need to achieve a task. It will become easier for you to plan you day, deliver on time and set expectations.


The key to success is to always work on a task following the same 3 steps:

Plan for a few minutes what you want to achieve, work on it, review your work (i.e. how many Pomodoro’s did I need to complete the task?). In any case, you should always complete a task fully before moving to the next one.

Give it a go and let us know how you are going!