AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.

Text Size

Menu

Pomodoro Technique - Setting Manageable Goals. 

Cost: Free | Platforms: Desktop and Laptop Webpage. 

The Pomodoro Technique is a structured approach to working and resting. Immerse yourself in the task for the next 25 minutes then choose how long your rest is and begin another 25-minute cycle. This method can keep you focused on your goal and gives you the breaks you need to reflect and refresh your mind before you return to work. 

Most useful for: If a task can seem too big then it is good to break it down into manageable chunks. This method can help you to focus for short amounts of time and tackle the small goals that make up the big goal. 

Its key features are: 

  • In the webpage, write your goal and begin the timer. 

  • If you suddenly realise you have something else you need to do, write the task down on a sheet of paper and continue on your set task. 

  • If you finish early press ‘Squash’ to begin your break. 

  • When the Pomodoro rings after 25 minutes, take a short break. Breathe, meditate, grab a cup of coffee, go for a short walk or do something else relaxing (i.e., not work-related). Your brain will thank you later. 

  • Once you’ve completed four Pomodoro's, you can take a longer break. 20 minutes is good. Or 30. Your brain will use this time to assimilate new information and rest before the next round of Pomodoro's. 

pomodoro clock that can count down 25 minutes

Our Top Tip: 

This Pomodoro method has been around for a long time and look for an app that fits into your life style. They can vary slightly so find the right app. 

Demonstration of Pomodoro in Action 

Video source: YouTube channel 

Go to the Pomodoro Website> 

Use the web-based Pomodoro Timer> 

For more Advice:  

  • If you are a student in Higher Education, speak to your Assistive Technology Officer or Disability Officer /Learning Support Officer.  

  • If you are a Student in the FET/ETB then it may be possible to speak to an Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator, Student Access Officer, Student Support Coordinator or a Disability Support Officer for more information about assistive technology.  

  • If you are an Employee and are interested in this technology then speak to your Disability Liaison Officer (public service) or your Line Manager to start the conversation.