Book Notes: The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo

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The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system that encourages people to work with the time they have—rather than against it.


Title: The Pomodoro Technique
Author: Francesco Cirillo
Themes: Organization Performance, Technology, Management, Business
Year: 2009
Publisher: Creative Commons
ISBN: 1445219948, 9781445219943
Pages: 46

This book is a pocket version of The Pomodoro Technique - the time management method successfully being used by thousands of people around the world. 

The Pomodoro Technique transforms time into a valuable ally. 

You'll be amazed to see how your everyday work improves, how much more you can get accomplished, and how you can avoid anxiety by using a few simple rules. 

William Meller - The Pomodoro Technique - Francesco Cirillo

Why is The Pomodoro Technique so popular? Because it is easy to use, and most of all, because it works!

The Pomodoro method is straightforward and takes two hours. 

Here is where the cycle begins...

First, you engage in a 25-minute activity with a timer. 

Work on the task.

End work when the timer rings and take a short break (typically 5–10 minutes).

If you have finished fewer than three Pomodoros, repeat the steps above until you go through all three pomodoros.

After three pomodoros cycles are done, take the fourth Pomodoro and then take a long break (typically 20 to 30 minutes).

Repeat to conclude your daily goals.

This concludes the cycle...

Chapters of the Book:

1 The Context
   1.1 Goals of the Pomodoro Technique
   1.2 Basic Assumptions

2 Material and Method
   2.1 Objective I: Find Out How Much Effort an Activity Requires
   2.2 Objective II: Cut Down on Interruptions
   2.3 Objective III: Estimate the Effort for Activities
   2.4 Objective IV: Make the Pomodoro More Effective
   2.5 Objective V: Set Up a Timetable
   2.6 Other Possible Objectives

3 Results
   3.1 Learning Time
   3.2 The Length of the Pomodoro
   3.4 A Different Perception of Time
   3.5 Sounds of the Pomodoro
   3.6 Shapes of the Pomodoro
   3.7 Ring Anxiety
   3.8 Constant Internal Interruptions
   3.9 The Next Pomodoro Will Go Better
   3.10 A Mechanical Pomodoro or Pomodoro Software
   3.11 Improving Estimates
   3.12 Motivation and the Pomodoro
   3.13 And If Everything Goes Completely Wrong?
   3.14 The Pomodoro Has a Limit
   3.15 When Not To Use the Pomodoro

4 Conclusions
   4.1 Inverting the Dependency on Time
   4.2 Regulating Complexity
   4.3 Detachment
   4.4 Observation and Continual Feedback
   4.5 Sustainable Pace


Francesco Cirillo is a partner in Cirillo Consulting, a business consulting firm based in Berlin that works with many of the world's largest companies. He created the Pomodoro technique while a university student, looking for a way to get more done in less time.

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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting notes! Thanks William!