It’s very easy to get distracted when studying. Everyone does it, it’s hard to avoid. But it’s not impossible. And it’s done by thinking in tomatoes rather than hours (silly but effective). Many people use the Pomodoro technique to stop procrastination and improve focus.
What is the Pomodoro technique?
The Pomodoro technique is a study technique in which people work with time rather than against it. Instead of looking at your study time as one long stretch of revision, you break it down into Pomodoros. These are 25 minute chunks separated by 5 minute breaks. After 4 Pomodoros, you take a longer break and then repeat by doing another cycle. The idea behind the technique is that instead of thinking you have endless study time and spending it in distractions, you see it as if you only have 25 minutes of thorough study time before you earn a break. There are many apps that will help you time each Pomodoro. One of the most used apps for this technique is called (you guessed it), Pomodoro.
Who created the technique?
The Pomodoro technique was created by an Italian man named Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s. Each interval is known as a Pomodoro, the Italian name for a tomato, after the kitchen timer shaped as a tomato that Francesco used as a university student.
Benefits of the Pomodoro technique:
- Improves planning skills
- Decreases physical and mental fatigue
- Helps fight procrastination
- Maintains motivation
- Breaks the habit of multitasking
- Helps deal with distractions
Why it works:
The Pomodoro technique works because it makes people work with time rather than against it. It prevents burn out while allowing one to complete sufficient amount of work. At the end of the day, you feel you’ve completed a great deal of work without becoming mentally fatigued. I would recommend the Pomodoro technique to students, as it is a good study method and helps one to be focused and productive with their time.