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POMODORO TECHNIQUE – My Favorite Tool to Improve Studying and Productivity

POMODORO TECHNIQUE – My Favorite Tool to Improve Studying and Productivity



the Pomodoro Technique is one of my favorite techniques to fight procrastination and maintain focus and productivity throughout the day stay tuned for tips on how to incorporate this into your study routine what's going on guys this is jay from med school insider's calm first I want to talk to you a little bit about the history of the Pomodoro Technique so it was invented back in the early 1990s by Francesco Cirillo I don't know if I'm pronouncing that right he named it the Pomodoro Technique after the tomato shaped timer that he used to actually track his work as a university student since then this technique has gained much popularity in various productivity and self-improvement circles so the theory behind it is that any large task or any series of tasks can be broken down into short timed intervals called Pomodoro's each is separated by a short break this takes advantage of the fact that our brains have limited attention spans so as to how to use it the only item you really need is a timer you can go old-fashioned or use your phone or computer with an app my favorite app is called 3030 on the iPhone it's my favorite because of its clean interface and customizability that's making it easy to do the traditional Pomodoro or customize it to your liking more on that in a little bit so first choose a task or series of tasks that you need to accomplish next set the timer to 25 minutes continue to work on the task until the timer goes off avoid constantly checking the timer once the timer goes off take a short break for five minutes get up during this time do not take the break at the same spot that you were working I personally like getting up holding a third-world squat stretching moving around now is also the time to use the bathroom and grab a refill for your water after for Pomodoro cycles take a longer break of 20 minutes rinse and repeat distractions during your Pomodoro cycles do your best to limit distractions the whole point is 25 minutes of an hence focus don't be checking Facebook or reddit or the med school insiders website on and off focus on the task at hand so I personally put my phone on either airplane mode or do not disturb mode but be careful because do not disturb mode can actually affect the notifications on your timer app if you are using your smartphone app if someone else comes knocking for help use the inform negotiate callback strategy which was suggested by Francesco Cirillo himself so inform the distracting party that you're in the middle of something negotiate a time when you can get back to them and call back when your Pomodoro is complete and you're ready to address their need when to use it I only found out about the technique in medical school and if you've checked my first video ever link above right here then you'll know that it is one of the key strategies that I wish I started using as an undergrad in college so I often use this when I can't get myself motivated to study for a subject that is either particularly dull or boring so anyways I get my Paul Maduro app started and I tell myself I just need to do one cycle of 25 minutes by making this commitment small to just do a small amount of work it's easier to get started and once I finish that cycle it always feels less daunting as I've built momentum at this time it's usually not a problem to keep moving forward with my work I've also found it useful for reading textbook chapters going through my on key deck and getting started on background reading for research projects remember though that Pomodoro is ultimately a productivity system to serve you therefore don't feel obligated to always take a break if you're in the groove for longer days where you'll be sitting for most of the day such as the day before a final exam I recommend you do take breaks as this sustains your stamina and prevents burnout sometimes though it's best to just keep chugging along once you've built momentum I often stop the Pomodoro app and continue my work without breaks when I'm either reviewing lectures or doing research data analysis and writing so with reviewing lectures I generally review one lecture take a brief break after finishing the lecture and then move to the next these breaks feel more natural to me than taking time breaks but as always figure out what works best for you so going on to research while Pomodoro has been conducive to background research reading for myself I find that the writing and the analysis part of research requires prolonged periods of concentration and therefore I prefer to not take the break after 25 minutes at this time I either modify my Pomodoro or I just go for a long stretches without taking a break so then going on to modifications again because Pomodoro is a template to help you increase your productivity you may want to actually alter the timing scheme so for some tasks it may be best to alter the timing intervals from a 25 5 minute allocation which is the default to something like a 50 10 I've used the 50 10 minute intervals with good results figure out what works best for you you can change it up however you please again the 30 30 app allows for flexibility in this regard and has a great interface alright guys that is it for this video if you found any of these tips helpful please press the like button below new videos every week hit the subscribe button if you have not already and I will see you guys in that next one you


Reader Comments

  1. pomodoro technique 😂 a.k.a common sense. people just take intuitive things and brand them as if they invented something .

  2. don't use a phone for Pomodoro. once you pick phone it causes distraction. better to buy a Pomodoro or use a sports stopwatch for this purpose.

  3. yeah ,you
    definitely should not activate "Do Not Disturb " mode ,this one time i did and i went on studying for the whole day. HELL!

  4. I think the smartest method to defeat procrastination is to get your pet to "tear" up your homework/assignment, who's with me

  5. the problem with me is that 5 minutes is just not enough i try to walk around but that not really a break, if i play video games for 5 mins i end up playing for an hour. What would you recommend doing in the 5 minute breaks that is both satisfying and will prevent increasing the break time/procrastinating ?

  6. If you love what you do you don't need break every 25 minute. When i am making music i can concentrate for 9 10 hours, when i am doing college studies i can't concentrate more than 10 or 15 minutes.

  7. You recommended a 25 minute work then 5 minute rest cycle. Is there a problem if I edit the cycle? for example a 15 min work 5 min rest? [ I seem to have a very small attention window]

  8. Great video! Thank you, I am teaching myself Japanese and I am not great at focusing. I am going to try this method and see if it helps. 👍 👍

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