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The Pomodorito Technique

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You may have heard about the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method that consists of repeating work and break intervals to help keep focus while getting some needed rest. It is pretty popular in the US among tech employees.

The origin of the name is funny: the method's creator used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer to control the work/break blocks (Pomodoro means tomato in Italian). So that is why each work block is called a "Pomodoro."

The method is simple. First, you pick a task and then:

  1. Work for 25 minutes.
  2. Take a 5—10 minute break.
  3. Repeat steps 1—2 four times.
  4. Take a more extended break of 20—30 minutes.

I find this a productive time management method. I follow it often and keep a couple of timers at my desk while I'm working (although they are not tomato-shaped.)

The Pomodorito Technique

Alternatively to the Pomodoro Technique, I introduce you to the tongue-in-cheek Pomodorito Technique (not Lay's affiliated):

  1. Eat Doritos for 25 minutes.
  2. Work for 5 minutes.
  3. Repeat steps 1—2 four times.
  4. Take a more extended break to go to the store and buy more Doritos (you probably ran out at this point).

Alternatively, if you have a big stash of Doritos at home, you may use step 4 to take a nap. All that eating is exhausting, and some nice sleep will make digestion easier.

While the Pomodorito Technique is more of a joke, it may be a good burnout index. If you find yourself trying the Pomodoro Technique but quickly spiral into the Pomodorito Technique, it may be about time to take some vacation... or start looking for a new job!


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