The Pomodoro Technique requires a lot of sustained focus, and you might be wondering how long it can work for.
A typical Pomodoro will be 25 minutes and then a 5-minute break, followed by a 30-minute break after 4 Pomodoros.
But what happens after this?
Can you simply repeat this process as many times as you like? This there a limit to how many Pomodoros you can do in a day?
If you’re wondering about these questions – don’t panic! You’ve come to the right place!
The Pomodoro Technique – A Short Explanation
So let’s first make sure we’re on the same page as to what the Pomodoro Technique is.
It was invented in the 1980s as a way to make a person more efficient, specifically for any work or study that requires intense focus without physical exertion.
The Pomodoro is perfect for jobs that require coding, writing, reading, or the solving of problems.
The Pomodoro was named so because of the tomato kitchen timer first used to perform it.
This is where it gets its name, as ‘Pomodoro’ is Italian for ‘tomato.’
You don’t have to use a tomato timer, but some way to segment time is vital! In short, the Pomodoro Technique is all about portioning your time between 25-minute periods of sustained, focused work, and then 5-minute periods of break.
The idea of this is that the human mind adapts well to periods of intense focus, and then a short reset that allows you to recharge.
In order to use the Pomodoro Technique, follow these steps:
- Set a time to begin, and choose a task. The idea of choosing these two parameters is vital as it allows your mind to prepare for the intense focus you’re about to begin.
- Set a Pomodoro timer for 25 minutes. This is the best time to use, as you’ll be able to segment your day into 30-minute sections (including the 5-minute break.
- Work until the time period is over. This means doing so without any breaks or interruptions. If you break your Pomodoro time period you may find that it won’t work well for you.
- Take a 5-minute break. Now you take a simple, 5-minute break. This generally means you should do something relaxing, like leave your desk and get some fresh air or stretch out.
- After 4 Pomodoros, take a longer break. This is the final step and very important. After 4 consecutive Pomodoros, make sure to take a break that lasts 25 minutes (I go for much longer than that).
How Many Pomodoros Can You Do In A Day?
To answer this question, you’ll first have to define:
- what’s a day – more specifically, how many hours you plan to work during any given day
- your break pattern – 5 minutes for short breaks, that’s easy enough, but what about long breaks?
Generally, I’d suggest working for no longer than 8 to 10 hours (including breaks) .
My productivity significantly decreases after that.
And my brain needs to rest anyway.
My ideal Pomodoro pattern is 4 Pomodoros of 25 minutes with 5-minute breaks in-between, and a longer 45-minute break at the end of the cycle.
That 160 minutes or 2 hours and 40 minutes in total per cycle.
Given my definitions, I can work for 12 to 15 Pomodoros a day.
But you do you!
Adapt the number of Pomodoros for what you can (or want to) do in a day.
Is It Possible To Do 28 Pomodoros Per Day?
Beating procrastination is amazing.
But I’ve seen people only trying to cram 28 (!!!) Pomodoros in a day.
Is that even possible? Let’s see.
You can make this work in 2 ways:
- work for 25 minutes and only have 5-minute breaks – that would be a total of exactly 14 hours of work
- use my usual pattern (see above) – that would be a total of 18 hours and 40 minutes.
I don’t know about you, there’s not way I would work that long in any given day.
Not a chance.
The Pomodoro Technique is all about letting the human brain fall into natural cycles of work and rest.
If you overload yourself with too many Pomodoros over the course of a day, yo may get away with it for a few days, but don’t expect to keep this going for a long time
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Pomodoros Are There In A Day Without Breaks?
If you were to only do Pomodoros in a day without any breaks (besides sleeping for 8 hours) you could do a bit more than 38 Pomodoros in a 24-hour period.
Although this would be a lot of time to get work done, this completely misses the point of the Pomodoro Technique.
The goal is not to get more Pomodoros done, it’s to get more done during your Pomodoros.
But it’s still impressive to see how many periods of sustained work you have the opportunity to engage in over the course of a day.
How Many Pomodoros Should I Do Per Day?
If you work a normal 9-5 job then you could have 12 Pomodoros if you go for a longer break of 45 minutes.
If you go for 30-minute long breaks, you could squeeze in 2 extra Pomodoros, for a total 14.
The right amount of Pomodoros per day will depend on how fast you want to achieve your goals!
As I said earlier in this guide, I wouldn’t recommend segmenting your entire day into Pomodoros, as the human brain needs time to reset and recharge (beyond the short 5 or 30-minute breaks that come with the technique).
The Pomodoro Technique is a very effective productivity and time management method, and as long as you tweak it to best work for you, you’re likely to find that you get double the amount of work done – even by taking breaks.
My break is up, so time for me to get back to work!