Boosting focus with the Pomodoro technique

Italiano: Autore: Francesco Cirillo rilasciata...

Pomodoro timer (Image via Wikipedia)

I sometimes find myself overwhelmed by tasks and projects, and find it useful to chunk up my work into focused sprints during a fixed time frame—a concept used both in software development and in various time management practices.

I’ve been finding myself using the Pomodoro technique, a fancy name for doing 25-minute sprints punctuated by 5-minute intervals.

There are a wide variety of simple Pomodoro timers available:

What techniques do you use to maintain focus while juggling projects?