Cirillo made attempts to keep concentrated on a task for at least 10 minutes. He was measuring the time with a tomato shaped timer, where actually the name of the technique comes from (pomodoro means tomato in Italian).
Eventually Cirillo noticed that concentration improves when the unit of time we keep focused on an activity is separated by short breaks of 3 or 5 minutes. Later he referred to the time of concentration as a unit of 25 minutes, interrupted by pomodori, breaks of 5 minutes. After a cycle of four pomodori, there should be a break of 15 to 30 minutes.
- In order to make sure, you are implementing the Pomodoro technique correctly, there are five simple steps to follow.
- Chose a task that needs to be accomplished. It could be anything from studying a grammar unit to a regular task in the office.
- Set the timer to 25 minutes.
- Focus on accomplishing the task for these 25 minutes trying to avoid simple distractions like checking your e-mail box or talking on the phone.
- Take a break. Suggested activities for the break could be doing some simple exercises or just taking a glass of water.
After a cycle of four pomodori, take a longer break.
 Pomodoro technique tools
In the official website Pomodoro Technique, there are pieces of information how to handle distractions or how to spend the 5 minutes breaks.
Focus Booster FocusBoosterApp is a web timer with clean design, which helps measuring the time according to Pomodoro technique and it is free to download.
Pomodroido Pomodroido on the other hand is a smartphone application timer that allows customising the concentration sessions and the breaks.