52/17 Rule

What is the 52/17 Rule?

As the title states, this time management technique recommends 52 minutes of focus followed by 17 minutes of rest. This rule was first reported in an article for The Muse about how productive people allocate their time.

For people that feel the Pomdoro technique’s 25 minute focus time might be too short and would prefer a longer period of focusing, then the 52/17 technique is a good alternative!

How does it work?


52/17 in Focusmeter

It is really simple to get started with this technique in Focusmeter by adding a new Mode. To add a new mode: Go to Settings > Manage Timer Modes > Current mode

Image of Timer modes in Settings

Edit Mode to have a 52 minute Focus timer

Edit Mode to have a 17 minute Rest timer