How the Tomato Timer Can Help You Get Ahead

So, what does a tomato have to do do with success ? The Italian word for tomato is Pomodoro, and it is one of the best methods of organising your study (and work) life.

Being a college student is tough. Between all the classes, and assignments, the social activities, and family stuff — it is a miracle you get work done. On most days we flit from subject to subject, from project to project, trying to get something finished — but not succeeding.

This often happens because we underestimate time for activities, and let things overrun. And, this is where you have the Pomodoro technique of time management. Developed by Francesco Cirillo,

the technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.

How does it work ?

Choose a task to be accomplished.

Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)

Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper

Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)

Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break

you can download some great pomodoro apps here

Simple Pomodora
Marina Timer

Pomodoro Timer Lite