Wednesday 14 May 2014

The Pomodoro Technique // Help For Studying & General Productivity

With exam season upon us, I thought I would share a new studying technique for me. While I'm sure plenty have heard of the Pomodoro Technique, I thought I would share this great trick for productivity!

The Pomodoro Technique basically teaches you how to manage and work with your time, rather than battling against it. You set a timer (I use the timer app on my phone) for 25 minutes, and dedicate those 25 minutes to your task. It could be studying, writing an essay, or even working on your blog content or daily tasks such as tidying your room! Then, when the timer goes off, you set the timer to allow you a 5 minute break. Use this time to relax; get some snacks, watch a YouTube video, whatever takes your fancy, as long as it isn't work related.

You then repeat this schedule, until you have completed four 25+5 minute blocks, or Pomodoros. After the fourth one, you can take a longer break, it's suggested for up to 30 minutes. After this break, you repeat all over again. The breaks allow your brain to chill for a little while so you aren't overworked.

I'm a huge procrastinator, but this has helped so much. I wish I had discovered it months ago when I was writing my English dissertation! Using this technique I have honestly got so much more studying done than I normally would have - it has really taught me how to set these little goals and push aside Twitter and Instragram scrolling until my short breaks. I've also found that it makes me appreciate my free time more - on a typical day I use this technique throughout the day and allow myself from dinner onwards to relax. Normally I would feel guilty about doing this, but because I get through so much during the day, I'm not slacking for doing so.

I hope this helps some of you!
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