Pomodoro technique is one of the many studying techniques used by people to maintain their focus and study effectively. The Pomodoro method focuses on the time management issues people have and helps them to set out a plan for themselves in accordance with the time slot which is available for them.
Why use it?
All of us complain of having not enough time to study or complete our assignments. It may also be just because of the distractions or lack of motivation around us. In such situations, we need a proper system to help us work with consistency and dedication. Pomodoro is a method of studying which helps us work efficiently while adjusting to one’s busy schedule.
Why is it effective?
It helps keep a detailed track of your time, therefore instilling in the user a sense of importance for the limited amount of time they have for the specified task. The Pomodoro method of studying works by breaking all the time available into small chunks each having a task to be fulfilled in a specific amount of time. After every working slot, a short break is to be observed to prevent exhaustion, therefore, allowing the person to work for long hours hence increasing their productivity.
I, myself tried this technique and it turned out to be helpful and productive. For this to work properly one needs to initially make it a habit to apply this technique and eventually you’ll learn how to apply it effectively.
How does the method work?
The most commonly used template for the Pomodoro Technique is dividing your time into separate chunks of 25 minutes with a 5-minute break at the end of each block. You decide what work you want to complete in that time and take 5-minute breaks reducing your exhaustion. This would only work if you do not distract yourself. Make sure that you have all the necessary items at your desk before studying for example all your books, notes, stationery, water. You should also try to avoid using your phone and surfing online for things other than the ones which are study-related.
The short 5-minute breaks are necessary as it prevents the person from being exhausted and allow them to freshen up before starting the next working slot thereby increasing their productivity. It is important that you get up from your working place and walk around or maybe stretch a bit as it would allow your mind to freshen up and work more efficiently. These breaks also include your time for eating, going to the washroom room, etc.
It is not compulsory to use this template. If you want to can set the time slots and breaks according to your choice and your workload. For instance, if you prefer working for a long time without breaks, you can set the slots as a 55-minute/ 1 hour working time with 5-10minutes of break. One thing you need to keep in mind is to not forget to give yourself time to relax and to strictly follow the schedule. There are many other techniques you can try out that might help you in studying such as the Feynman Technique.
You can use the clock timer on your phone using various applications such as the application Focus Keeper for iPhone users or Pomodoro Timer Lite for Android users. If your phone timers may provoke you to get distracted and use your phone you can use an analogue watch to track your time.
One thing that you need to note is that if your work is not completed in the allotted time slot and the timer rings, stop working and do take a short break. After there complete Pomodoro cycles, the fourth cycle is supposed to have a longer break than the previous two (i.e 15-20 minutes).
You should monitor your periods of high productivity and the time available to you and then set the time slots for this method. This helps to adjust the periods to better suit individual needs.
This method allows us to complete tasks before the deadline without any pressure. As it allows us to transform complex goals into smaller and simpler goals thereby also reducing potential errors. Since the method allows you to break the time into small segments, according to your schedule reducing the length of your tasks results in productivity and less exhaustion.