Frequently Asked Questions – The Pomodoro Technique®

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Pomodoro Technique®?

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method. For many of us, time is an enemy. The anxiety triggered by “the ticking clock” and deadlines to be met leads to ineffective work and study habits and procrastination. The Pomodoro Technique transforms time into a valuable ally by helping us accomplish what we want to do and charting continuous improvement in the way we do it.

When was the Pomodoro Technique® created?

Francesco Cirillo created the Pomodoro Technique in the 1980s after a long search to improve his own study habits. Starting in the ’90s, the technique was embraced by professional teams.

Who is Francesco Cirillo?

Francesco Cirillo is an entrepreneur, innovator in process-improvement techniques, team mentor and coach, instructor, public speaker and author. He has used the Pomodoro Technique to help many teams and thousands of people around the world make the most of their time.

How did the Pomodoro Technique® get its name?

When Pomodoro Technique creator Francesco was a university student in Rome, struggling to stay on task, he decided to challenge his powers of concentration using what he had at hand – a kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato. That was the first Pomodoro (Tomato in Italian). Bright red, iconic, and charmingly low-tech, it’s the perfect invitation for getting things done.

How long will it take me to learn the Pomodoro Technique®?

One of the best things about the Pomodoro Technique is how quick and easy it is to get started. The Pomodoro Technique book contains everything you need to know and includes sample worksheets, too. A cursory reading takes about one pomodoro (25 minutes), a more in-depth study, perhaps two. You will probably begin to notice a difference in your work or study process within a day or two. True mastery of the technique takes from seven to twenty days of constant use.

What do I do when phone calls interrupt my Pomodoro?

Read all about how to deal with interruptions in the Pomodoro Technique book, including “Protecting the Pomodoro”, “Voiding the Pomodoro”, and keeping track of interrupted Pomodoros.

Can the Pomodoro Technique® be used in Teams?

The Pomodoro Technique has a long history of use in Teams. Francesco Cirillo is currently writing a book on his years of experience using the Technique in work team contexts.

What kind of things can I use the Pomodoro Technique® for?

The Pomodoro Technique has been used successfully by many different kinds of people doing all sorts of activities: from software developers to schoolchildren; from university students to lawyers and executives; whether organizing events, doing project management or getting homework done on time. For more information, visit Pomodoro World, where you can see various ways in which the Pomodoro Technique is being used.

I can’t find a Pomodoro timer anywhere… how can I get one?

See our products page: we offer the official Pomodoro Technique 25-minute pomodoro timer singly or by the crate, which contains six individual timers.


What will it cost me to learn and use the Pomodoro Technique®?

The Pomodoro Technique is free. All you need is to read the free book. A kitchen timer will get you started. You can also self-certify yourself for free as a Pomodoro Master

Why did you decide to make “The Pomodoro Technique®” e-book available for free download?

Pomodoro Technique creator Francesco Cirillo loves solutions where all sides come out winners: “I wanted everyone to be able to learn the technique quickly and easily with no barriers to access”. It’s a book that’s “agile”, simple and complete; no courses to take, no coaches or consultants needed, no fees to pay, no waiting period. “Our decision to put the book online for free has favored a spontaneous process: the diffusion and promotion of the Technique has been fed by the success of users personal results”. The Pomodoro Technique is also available as a printed volume for sale at, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

I would like to learn the Pomodoro Technique® directly from its creator. Is there something like a workshop with Francesco Cirillo?

Take a look at our Pomodoro Education Page.

Can I translate The Pomodoro Technique® into another language?

We are very happy to have Pomodoro fans around the world, but keeping the quality of The Pomodoro Technique consistent is very important to us. If you are interested in translating the technique into another language, please Francesco Cirillo and are committed to promoting the Pomodoro Technique around the world. The website, social networks, and Pomodoro products are just some of the enthusiastic initiatives done on behalf of the Pomodoro Technique.

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