The Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo. The technique uses a timer to break down studying into intervals separated by short breaks. It can be very helpful for focused studying sessions.
1. Choose a Task You Want to Complete
The first step is easy. Pick something you want to complete. Be specific.
2. Set a Timer for 25 Minutes
Set your timer for 25 minutes. This can be done using a phone or other timer. Or use Google’s built-in timer.
3. Work on the Task for 25 Minutes
This 25-minute period is the core of this technique and is referred to as a Pomodoro. Keep working during this time until you hear the timer.
Every time you feel the need to check your phone, eat a snack, or other distraction, tell yourself: “I will do that on my next break, but not now” Don’t pause the timer; keep working! It is only less than 25 minutes until your next break: you can do it!
4. When the Timer rings, Put a Checkmark on a Piece of Paper.
Once the timer rings, congratulations, you’ve completed your first Pomodoro. To celebrate, you’re going to mark a checkmark on a piece of paper. Do this after each 25 minute study burst, in order to keep track of how many Pomodoros you’ve done.
5. Take a Short Break
Take a short break. You can now give into some of those things that popped up in your head during the Pomodoro. Check your phone, look at a video, or get a snack. You’ve earned it! The key thing though is keeping the break period short. Your break should be 5 minutes.
6. Every 4 Pomodoros, Take a Longer Break
This longer break should be around 30 minutes and really give you time to relax after a long period of studying. The longer break will give your brain a chance to absorb and commit to memory the important information you just learned.
Try out the Pomodoro Technique
The term "pomodoro" is from the Italian word for "tomato," after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used while timing himself during study sessions.
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