Intriguing Sites: Pomodoro, a Giveaway & Free Book

Pomodoro

Conquer time. Every parent, working or staying at home, knows time goes too quickly when you are juggling kids and a million other things. Thanks to the mastermind of Francesco Cirillo, he developed the Pomodoro Technique. During his university studies, Francesco found himself in a slump and needed a way to focus. His solution came in the form of a tomato timer from the kitchen, pomodoro meaning tomato in Italian. This pomodoro was his time tutor. Then came the technique.

The technique is pretty simple. At the beginning of each day, go through your task list and organize according to priority. Then set your pomodoro, a timer, to 25 minutes. Work on the task for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break. That is the gist of it. This technique allows you to stay focus on the task you are working on, keep track of interruptions and calculate exactly how long it takes you to get something done. Simple. To the point. And that is how we like it around here. The short 45-page book goes into more detail while giving tips on how to eliminate interruptions, simplify tasks and so much more.

The Free Book

Available to everyone, a free PDF version of Francesco’s book, Pomodoro Technique, is available to download. Read and apply. Click on link to download.

The Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all the entries! Find out who won here.

The Pomodoro Team is offering THREE readers their soon to be released Pomodoro Kit. Yes, you’ll be one of the firsts to get it! The kit consists of the official Pomodoro 25-minute timer, Pomodoro t-shirt, pencil, and to do today pad.

pomodoro kit

To enter, do any of the following. For multiple entries, do more than one and make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry.

  1. Leave a comment below and tell me what is your biggest time waster.
  2. Go to Pomodoro Technique, look around, then tell me what you like about it in separate comment.
  3. Blog about this giveaway and leave a link to the post in your comment below.
  4. ‘Share’ this giveaway by doing one of the ‘Share’ options below (Twitter, Facebook, Kirtsy, StumbleUpon, or Email).

Good luck to everyone and the entries will close on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. EST. The winner will be announce on Friday, Nov. 27. I know it will be Black Friday and all of you will be out shopping.

32 Responses to “Intriguing Sites: Pomodoro, a Giveaway & Free Book”

  • Clair

    My biggest time waster is laundry. I hate the stuff and it takes me forever to do.

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  • Stephanie

    The computer is my biggest time waster…that and the television. Darn that technology!

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  • Anna

    My biggest time waster is taking too long to make decisions and researching my options forever.

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  • Mark Garvey

    Simple…the Internet! For a news junkie and all-around curious guy like me, it’s far worse than television.

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  • Buried in Paper

    My biggest time waster lately, is researching ways to waste less time. The Pomodoro Technique seems easy enough, not much of a learning curve so it might actually work.

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  • Brooke

    I like that the Pomodoro Technique site gives you their technique and book FREE. I like the RED. I like the tomato. I like the photographs with all the people and their pomodoro timers.
    My biggest time waster… geeze… there are so many. Organizing stuff is fun, often time-saving, and I can also use it to waste time.

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  • Anna

    Posted on Facebook:
    I love the Pomodoro Technique. Check out this Giveaway and Free Book! The Simply Modern Mom website if lots of fun, too! (with link).
    Thanks! Anna

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  • Richard

    My biggest time waster is participating in giveways :D (of course this one is an exception).

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  • JennyJensen

    My biggest time waster is watching ALL my shows on TV… so I try to rationalize with DVR, but it’s still taking up too much time…

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  • JennyJensen

    i like that this technique allows breaks… this may be the technique I need to get my final paper done!! :D

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  • Marta

    I can’t go into a store for one thing, or quickly glance for the important email and move on. I always want to “browse” and that’s a big time-waster for me.

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  • Marta

    Nice website. I love the simplicity of this system, because it means I’ll really do it!

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  • Melinda

    I really like the idea of taking back CONTROL over my time. That has been one of my biggest setbacks since becoming a SAHM of twins and trying to figure out how to accomplish everything while not ignoring my babies or getting so lost in the things that I don’t have any time for ME (crafts, sewing, cooking for fun, writing letters, etc.). I also like the idea of breaking it up into 25-minute segments. Do-able, not overwhelming, and still shows results. I find that most of the tasks I spend hours dreading are accomplished in a short amount of time when I finally get around to just DOING them!

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