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The Healthy Programmer by Joe Kutner

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Taking Healthy Pomodoro Breaks

In the late 1980s, Francesco Cirillo was struggling through his first years at college. His productivity was low and his study habits lacked any kind of structure. Even worse, he couldn’t focus on individual tasks because the magnitude of the big picture was distracting him. Francesco needed a system that would help him concentrate—so he created the Pomodoro Technique.

The Pomodoro Technique is a method of working on a single task for a short, well-defined period of time. The basic activity loop goes like this:

  1. Set a timer for twenty-five minutes.

  2. Start working on a task.

  3. Stop when the timer ends (even if the task is not done).

  4. Take a five-minute break, and then return to Step 1.

Try it right now. Pick a task ...

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