Results of 20 Minutes Pomodoro Experiment

These results are the part of the Pomodoro Experiment. Previous week started with just the basic premise of actively engaging with Pomodoro technique and paying attention to disengagement rituals. Somewhere throughout the week, I’ve started falling back with the schedule, as I’ve lost the initial burst of motivation. But short bursts of engagement and short fully disengaged breaks really brought significant effect to my “in-time-box” output to another level.

For the upcoming week, I am planning a total of 25 Pomodoro’s, which makes this upcoming week, quite the challenging one, as I won’t have a chance of skipping days. I plan on extending this muscle over time.

25 Pomodoro’s will actually be 500 minutes throughout the week of complete engagement working towards completion of my goals. 500 minutes equals 8 total hours and 20 minutes. I can only imagine what are the fruits of full 8 hours during the week, devoted solely to completing your goals.

What was accomplished in a previous week?

10 Pomodoro’s in the last week, means that I’ve engaged in 200 minutes, or almost 3 hours of complete focus.

Now this doesn’t seem as time intensive, but as you go throughout the day, you will notice the daily challenges on how to find uninterrupted 20 minute blocks. Finding 25 of these throughout the week, while at the same time you’re doing a 9 to 5, can be encountered with some problems.

Pain and pleasure principle leverage

Big advantage of Pomodoro’s is the fact that they are giving you predictable timeframe for the completion of a single task. This allows you to dive in the free time blocks with more vigor, as you know that at the later moment you won’t have that kind of freedom. For every day that I complete three main pomodoro tasks throughout the week, I will reward myself with some treat.

Prizes for completed Pomodoro’s

Prizes are going to consist of my favorite time wasting activities, in 5-10 minutes dosages. I am a social media junkie, and even though I use my massive number of social media accounts towards extending my goals regarding this blog, it’s still a distraction from main activity: creating great content.  The report will be there, even for the next week, as I might consider making this pomodoro weekly planning a regular routine for my goal setting and goal getting. On the days that I complete all the pre-planned pomodoro’s I will reward myself with some candy from the store, for the upcoming day.

I see major improvment for the time I’ve been using the technique. But later in the week, especially on the weekend, I got completely disengaged from work, and wasn’t following up with my initial plan. But as the review time came on Sunday, I’ve found out that my initial burst of inspiration proved to be fruitful, and now that I am writing this report, I have bigger expectations of myself. Plus the public nature of this experiment is holding me accountable in your eyes, and I have the willpower and energy to work twice as hard in order to make it happen.

Expectations for the upcoming week

Even though I mentioned some of them previously I want to reaffirm them here. It’s going to be 25 Pomodoro’s throughout 7 days. Which makes it a 3,5 Pomodoro’s a day. I will  still have to squeeze one extra in, for every other day, in order to fulfill the quota. Three usual Pomodoro’s for me are: 20 minutes reading, 20 minutes publishing, 20 minutes writing,


  1. Brett Warner says

    Just be careful you don’t burn yourself out. I found when I tried to maximize the number of pomodoro’s in a week I didn’t last very long. Now I focus on smaller productivity gains that are sustainable.

    • says

      Hey Brett! I completely dig your remark, but I believe that I’ve made it chellanging but not too exhausting. Three to four pomodoro’s a day is fairly easy. Especially since mine last 20 minutes. 🙂

  2. John says

    Fooling yourself it will be 20 minutes, to get started, then rolling with the momentum is also good

  3. says

    Very interesting articles, but one thing I am confused about. Do you use the Pomodoro technique at your “9-5 job” ? Are they just for non-paid chores/personal goals or do you use this technique while at the office? Any thoughts on the Pomodoro technique in a professional setting guys?
    Might be a bit strange to explain that to your boss while you’re reading garfield comics at your desk on your “pomodoro break time” 😉
    Still the hyper-focus element of it seems very applicable to 9-5 jobs as well.