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Francesco Cirillo

The effective method of structuring your workday into small, manageable chunks

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    What‘s in it for me: Get things done without the mental stress.

    Procrastination is a term that has become popular in recent decades. And it’s no surprise either. Many of us can relate to the problem of procrastination, and know it intimately:

    It’s early evening, you’re sitting in front of your computer screen, and you know those 50 empty PowerPoint slides won’t fill themselves. And yet, instead of tackling this mammoth project, you spend hours perusing Facebook, looking at friends’ vacation pictures.

    You don’t even enjoy it, and in fact feel quite guilty about it, and yet, you just can’t stop yourself. Every 5 minutes is marked by opening your email inbox, hoping that you’ll have a chance to delete some spam mail and give yourself a short reprieve from the guilt of procrastination.

    Hours pass, and after 7 cappuccinos the presentation is still far from finished.

    The author Francesco Cirillo faced this very problem at university. His salvation came in the shape of a tomato, more precisely: a tomato-shaped kitchen timer.

    Since then, he’s been using this simple tool to chop every task into smaller, manageable and motivating units called pomodori.

    His technique has helped many chronic procrastinators rid themselves of their guilt and learn to enjoy their work instead. Everyone who has checked their email more than twice today should consider giving it a try.


    This is a Blinkist staff pick

    “This is the one and only productivity system that always works for me. Whomever I tell about this technique immediately applies it to their life. Its simplicity makes it genius.“

    – Laura, German Editorial Lead at Blinkist

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    What is The Pomodoro Technique about?

    The Pomodoro Technique (2009) presents a simple yet effective method of structuring your workday. This method helps to overcome your lack of motivation by cutting large or complex tasks into small, manageable chunks. Using these techniques, you will gain more control over your work, thus making you a more effective worker and work more rewarding.

    Who should read The Pomodoro Technique?

    • Anyone interested in time management and productivity
    • Anyone struggling with procrastination
    • Anyone in search of simple tools to boost their productivity

    About the Author

    Francesco Cirillo developed his world-famous productivity technique in the 1980s while he was studying at university. Back then, he struggled with effectively structuring his workday, ultimately leading to the creation of the Pomodoro Technique. He now runs the website and offers coaching and training related to his technique.

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