Unfortunately, when it comes to learning, there is no 'one size fits all' method. Everyone has to find out for themselves how they learn best. It can be frustrating not having a good learning technique, but once you find a method that works for you, you'll save a lot of time and effort. That's exactly what the Pomodoro Technique can do if you're struggling with procrastination.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique, also called the Pomodoro method, was developed in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. The name 'Pomodoro' comes from a tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Francesco Cirillo used during his first trial of this method.
This technique is a time-management trick that involves breaking tasks into short 25-minute intervals, each followed by a 5-minute break. The technique is based on the idea that regular breaks stimulate mental agility.
Before you begin, write a list of all the tasks you need to complete, starting with the highest priority. After dividing the tasks it's time to get started! Work on a task for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. After doing this four times in a row, take a 20-30 minute break to get some fresh air, or have something to eat or drink.
What are the advantages of this technique?
The Pomodoro Technique helps to overcome and stop procrastination by dividing the work into small chunks. It often feels easier to start with a shorter or smaller task than a huge one. Suddenly your mountain of work no longer seems so daunting.
You can achieve a lot in 25 minutes and it's much easier to get started on something when a break is already in sight. Once you have completed the first 25-minute session, or 'pomodoro', the hardest part is already done. After a while of following this method, people often end up taking fewer breaks because they are so focused on their work.
Ticking off the tasks you've completed and counting up 'pomodoro' sessions is very satisfying. Thanks to these small successes, it's easy to stay motivated even while studying, which makes you even more productive later on.
Who can use this technique?
The Pomodoro method is especially suitable for people who have problems with procrastination. Anyone who struggles with getting started on a task might benefit from trying out this technique. You can read more about how to stop procrastinating
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The Pomodoro Technique can also be useful for people who have trouble concentrating. If you can put all your concentration and focus into just 25 minutes, you'll have earned a little break. During this break, you can recharge and regain energy to concentrate once again. As always when studying, make sure your phone is nowhere near you, or at least put on silent.
Anyone who struggles with focusing or getting started should try the Pomodoro Technique at least once. Different types of learners can benefit from this method and adapt it to their needs. For example, some people prefer to study for a bit longer each session and to take a break after 35 minutes. Therefore, while the 25 minutes is a good guideline and basis to try out this method, you have to find out what works best for you.