Managing your time well is hard.
Time never stops and certainly does not rewind. Once the 5minutes, 1 hour, 24 hours, one week, one month etc has passed, it is forever gone.
You may regret not completing more during the time that has passed, but one can only look ahead to how he/she can use the remaining time to accomplish more.
For a student, managing time is certainly a challenge. There is just so much to study and so little time.
Moreover, a deadly monster called procrastination keeps getting in the way, hindering one’s progress at every intersection. How then, does a student get things done, all while overcoming procrastination?
Enter the Pomodoro Technique!
If you have ever searched the Internet for time management strategies or study hacks, you would surely have come across the Pomodoro Technique. Even if you have not, you would surely have glanced across it somewhere due to its massive popularity and effectiveness.
What Is The Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo. The concept of this method is simple. Engage in short intervals of intense concentration, separated by short breaks. Each study interval is called a ‘Pomodoro,’ which is ‘tomato’ in Italian and was named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used for his studies.
How The Pomodoro Technique Works?
To be more specific, each study interval is a short 25 minutes while each break is 5 minutes. Thus, one whole interval is 30 minutes long.
Within the 25 minutes, one would engage in a period of intense concentration, completing tasks after tasks with great efficiency and quality.
Distractions are not an option during the 25 minutes. The idea of this method is to use short bursts of energy to complete tasks while having frequent breaks to refuel your energy.
As such, studying no longer lasts for hours and hours, but rather, short, concentrated study intervals.
Of course, one needs to keep track of the time. One can use a Pomodoro timer or in fact, any timer to keep track of the 25 minutes and 5 minutes interval.
How The Pomodoro Technique Improves Productivity Significantly and Swiftly
The Pomodoro Technique Is Immensely Beneficial For Studying For A Few Reasons:
1. Overcomes Procrastination
With a short allocated time to complete a task, there is little leeway for a quick gaming session or Youtube video.
The urge to indulge in a few minutes of entertainment is also not strong enough to derail one from completing their task as the brain thinks that it is a better choice to wait for the 5 minutes rest instead.
Furthermore, the need to complete the task in a fixed amount of time allocated causes the stress and sense of urgency one needs to push through to finish their allocated task.
2. Makes One More Productive Without Sacrificing On Quality
With one being intensely focused on a task, one is likely able to complete more tasks in the same period of time, making one more productive. Furthermore, the intense focus reduces the likelihood of errors, which ultimately increases the quality of work being produced.
3. Keeps The Mind Fresh and Focused
The frequent 5 mins breaks allows one’s mind to constantly recharge for the next 25 minutes of intense concentration. Not only does it result in the mind feeling refreshed, but the mind also maintains the high level of focus needed.
”One day we will be more creative, more productive and yet more relaxed”
– Francesco Cirillo
How To Start Using The Pomodoro Technique
As mentioned above, the Pomodoro Technique consists of a 25 mins session of intense concentration, followed by a 5 mins break. You can schedule your day into as many ‘Pomodoro’ as you like. After which, you can allocate tasks to each 25 mins session.
It can look something like this:
|Time||25 minutes / Task||5 minutes / Relax|
|9am – 9.30am||Read the chapter on Electrolysis||Make yourself a cup of coffee|
|9.30am – 10am||Do 5 Algebra questions||Delight yourself to some delicious snacks|
|10am – 10.30am||Complete a Physics quiz||Watch a 5 minute or less Youtube video|
After every 4 Pomodoros, you may schedule a longer break, which usually can range from 15-30 minutes.
However, it is important to note that if you were to get distracted – a call from your friend, a visit from your neighbor, etc – you will need to restart the Pomodoro, unless you are able to ignore or postpone the distraction till your Pomodoro has ended.
Hence, try coming up with some strategies to avoid any disruption to your Pomodoro.
Some Strategies I Use To Remove Distractions
- Glance through your schedule to see whether you have any meetings or visits during that time…although you should have already planned this out beforehand.
- In the event that you do, you can inform them to call you when you have finished your 25 minutes session.
- After all is done, remove your phone and any technological gadgets from the room and put them on silent mode.
To conclude, I would like to present you with a quote about time.
”Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.”
Start scheduling your Pomodoros and get to work!