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Underlying principles

There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:

  1. Decide on the task to be done
  2. Start the pomodoro timer
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings
  4. Take a short break
  5. After four pomodoros, take a longer break

For the purposes of the technique, "pomodoro" refers to the interval of time spent working. A short (3–5 minutes) rest separates consecutive pomodoros. Four pomodoros form a set. A longer (15–30 minute) rest is taken between sets.

An essential aim of the technique is to reduce the impact of internal and external interruptions on focus and flow. A pomodoro is indivisible. When interrupted during a pomodoro either the other activity must be recorded and postponed or the pomodoro must be abandoned.