When we’re working on something that requires us to concentrate for an extended period of time, such as coding, writing, or analyzing data, we tend to get distracted after a short while. After a brief mental break, we find it easier to resume focus and return to the task at hand. The Pomodoro Technique encourages us to work this cadence deliberately into our schedule, working for twenty-five minutes, then stopping for five.

When they follow this concept, many people report better clarity, higher levels of attentiveness,  fewer mistakes, and increased productivity. Structuring distinct work and break times also helps alleviate the urge to escape work, because we know a scheduled break is on the way.