Have you heard of this tomato-based productivity hack?

River D'Almeida, Ph.D
3 min readJan 29, 2024

Prevent burnout and maintain concentration.

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In today’s digital age, with constant notifications and a plethora of online distractions, it’s incredibly easy to get sidetracked at work.

A time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s could help you make progress without the attention-grabbing lures that surround you.

The Pomodoro Technique is designed to help people improve their productivity and focus by breaking work into short, focused intervals, typically 25 minutes in length, followed by a short break.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose a task: Decide on the task you want to work on.
  2. Set a timer: Set a timer for 25 minutes (this is called a “Pomodoro”).
  3. Work on the task: Focus solely on the chosen task for the entire 25-minute interval. Avoid distractions and interruptions as much as possible.
  4. Take a short break: Once the 25 minutes are up, take a 5-minute break to relax and recharge. You can use this time to stretch, grab a snack, or do something enjoyable.
  5. Repeat: After the break, go back to step 1 and start another Pomodoro. Keep repeating this cycle.
  6. After completing 4 Pomodoros…



River D'Almeida, Ph.D

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