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Yes it’s a Tomato.

Yes. “Pomodoro” does mean tomato. Why a tomato? Why I am even talking about this? Well, it’s all thanks to a man called Francesco Cirillo. 

Francesco Cirillo invented what is known as the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a structured method to get work done while not wearing yourself out. The method focuses on providing rewards to the worker for time well spent in the form of breaks. The system also requires a timer which in Cirillo’s case was tomato shaped and thus the inspiration for the name of his technique. 

This is how the Pomodoro Technique works: 

  • You map out the time you’re going to spend working and break it up into work time and breaks. Each “Pomodoro” (work session) should be twenty-five minutes long with a five minute break in-between. 
  • Set your timer and begin working until it rings.
  • Take a 5 minute break!
  • Repeat steps 2 & 3!
  • Every four “Pomodoros,” take a longer, thirty minute break. 

The technique is really rather simple but if you can stick to it, it can take you a long way. 

If you want to know more, check out this article on the Pomodoro Technique and its origins.