Time management made easy

    Business Spotlight Audio 8/2022
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    Von Melita Cameron-Wood

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    Can a tomato help you work better? Yes! In the 1990s, Italian entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo invented the Pomodoro® Technique, named after the tomato-shaped timers that mark every second with a tick, to help people improve their time management and productivity.

    How does it work?

    • Choose a task and set a timer for 25 minutes.
    • Work on your task with no distractions until the timer rings.
    • Take a five-minute break.
    • Repeat the process. After every four pomodori (“tomatoes” in Italian), take a break for 15–30 minutes.

    Why is it good for you?

    • The technique breaks down tasks into smaller pieces.
    • You’re less likely to procrastinate.
    • It increases accountability.


    • Do different things in your breaks — make a cup of coffee, stretch, water your plants. Most importantly, give your eyes a break from the screen.
    • Avoid distractions. Put your phone away, close unnecessary browser tabs and turn off email notifications for each 25-minute block.

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