Any work task can be broken down into a set of ‘pomodoros’ that can be satisfyingly ticked off on a To-Do list. The full Pomodoro Technique is applied using the following steps:

  1. Set a task
  2. Set a 25-minute timer
  3. Work until the timer rings
  4. Take a 5-minute break
  5. Every 4 pomodoros, take a restorative 15-30 minute break

Of course, distractions do happen—and the Pomodoro Technique allows for disruption. If a distraction occurs during a work interval, take the 5-minute break straight away and restart the process.

If students are struggling to formulate an exam revision timetable, a good method is to follow broadly the pattern of their school timetable, which allocates time in the right proportion to each subject. During revision weeks in school, students can allot pomodoros (1 each) to the day’s lessons in the evening, to consolidate the day’s learning. During study leave, each 1-hour lesson can be allotted 2 pomodoros to adhere to the school timetable.

For more Pomodoro tips and tools, the task managers at Todoist offer many, including grouping smaller tasks into a single pomodoro, and recording what you completed after each unit. A fresh and flexible method—well worth a try!

—Katie Musgrave (