Why I Do Not Like the Pomodoro Technique

And what I use instead

Matthias Karner
The Shortform

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As a confessed productivity enthusiast I’ve tried out many different productivity methods & techniques.

But there is one technique I am not fond of the Pomodoro technique.

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What is the Pomodoro technique?

It was developed in the 80s by Francesco Cirillo and is named after kitchen alarms that look like a tomato (hence Pomodoro).

How does it work?

You work in short bursts (25 minutes) followed by short breaks (5 minutes). To keep track of time, an alarm is used.

Why do I not like the technique?

Simply put: it contradicts a working style focused on deep work and flow.

In my opinion, deep work is the core element of being productive. If you come into flow: jackpot — effortless attention and peak productivity.

The prerequisite for deep work is working for more than one hour on one topic. Hence, working in short bursts like the Pomodoro technique suggests isn’t feasible.

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Matthias Karner
The Shortform

Digitalization & IT Leader. Avid Reader. Dedicated Writer. Engineering PhD. Productivity Enthusiast.