Recently, the Pomodoro Technique has been hailed for helping students and workers to help stay focused and make their working sessions more focused.
Its premise is very simple: select a task to work on, set a timer, work until it rings (completely interrupted), and then take a short break. Usually, it’s recommended that you study for 25 minutes and have 5 minutes off, and then repeat until the task is completed. But it really comes down to what works best for you.
It’s been found that short breaks increase our ability to concentrate, allowing your brain help to quickly revive and prepare for the next ‘stint’ of focus time. The Pomodoro Technique allows you to do so, and will ensure your overall study sessions are more focused and ultimately, effective.
But beyond helping you to stay motivated while studying, the Pomodoro Technique also gives you better awareness of the time it takes you to complete different tasks, allowing you to build a more effective study schedule. You can count up how many ‘stints’ of studying you’ve completed in this way, and gain a more accurate judgement of how long it has actually taken.
Not convinced? Try timing yourself completing a task and see how long it takes. Then, try completing a similar task using the Pomodoro Technique and see which method takes the least amount of time. You might just be surprised!
Remember, the key to the success of the Pomodoro Technique is to work straight through the time, without interruption. This means no replying to emails, no hopping off to pour yourself a glass of water. Just straight-up study time.
Source: Oxford Summer Courses