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The Pomodoro Technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s uses a timer to break down work into 25 min. intervals separated by 5 min. breaks. (Each of these intervals is called a "pomodoro" after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer originally used to track them.) After you’ve completed four sprints, take a longer break (15-30 min.) to refresh for your next series of sprints. Learn more...

How to set up a Pomodoro workflow in Todoist:

  1. Create a “Pomodoro” project in Todoist and within it create 8-10 recurring Pomodoros (1st Pomodoro, 2nd, 3rd, etc.).
  2. In your Today view, arrange all your daily tasks underneath each Pomodoro. Estimate how long each task would take to complete. If a task takes more than 30 minutes, break it up into smaller sub-tasks.
  3. When you start working on a Pomodoro, set a timer (traditionally to 25 min.). After completing each pomodoro, mark it as done and take a short break (3-5 min.). Once you complete four pomodoros, take a longer break (15-30 min.) to refresh for your next session.

You can use one of the Pomodoro optimized time management apps that are integrated with Todoist:

  • PomoDone
  • Flat Tomato
  • Toggl