Time management is a very important thing when you are trying to meet your deadlines and making your time productive in order to achieve your goals, whatever they may be. If you are a student, chances are that you already have a time-management system that suits you and gets the job done. But, if you fall on the other side, where you don’t have a well-defined time management system, it can affect your studies or work.
Many students don’t follow a steady timetable. Their time of study is completely variable and undefined. Thus, they don’t generally get results in their work. As, a student you have to have well-defined time slots in which you only study, and other slots where you can take a break. If a student wants to get good grades, he has to completely differentiate his study time from the play time. Failure to do so might result in unproductive work and procrastination.
To avoid this, and set a clear timetable with distinct timeslots, you can take multiple approaches. One such approach is the Pomodoro Technique. This technique was devised by Francesco Cirillo in late 1980s.In this technique, a timer is used to break down work into intervals, which are traditionally 25 minutes in length and are separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student.
The good thing about this technique is that it forces you to do your work or study within the pomodoro. Since, 25 minutes is the usual time for each pomodoro, the chances of you getting bored is minimal. Also, the presence of a timer, ticking away, gives you a sense of time and an incentive to complete your work within time limit. The short break is 5 minutes and the long break is 15 minutes.
Working of the POMODORO TECHNIQUE
The Pomodoro technique applies a lot of principles like Timeboxing, and iterative and incremental development. You can follow the given steps to use this technique:
- Decide the task at hand.
- Set the Pomodoro timer (usually at 25 minutes, but you can alter it according to your capacity, although it should not be less than 25 minutes.)
- After completing one pomodoro, take a break of 3-5 minutes.
- Start with the next Pomodoro and then break and so on.
- Once you complete 4 pomodoros, you can take a big break of 15-20 minutes.
So, its basically like completing multiple sets of pomodoros. Each set contains 4 individual pomodoros with 5 minutes of break separating them. After completing one full set, you can take 20 minutes break and then continue with the next set.
Initially, the Pomodoro technique was encouraged to be applied with a mechanical timer and simple stationary like paper and pencil. The recent advancements in tech forced this technique to go all high-tech and software based. Finally, for your ease, I’ll list out some mobile apps and online services that provide a way to use this technique to its best.
Mobile Applications and Web Services:
- ClearFocus: Productivity Timer (Free, Android)
- Pomodoro Time Pro ($1.99, iOS)
- Tide: Stay Focused (Free, Android)
- Pomodoro Lite (Free, Android)
- Tomatoid (Free, Web)
- Pomodoro Keeper (Free, $1.99(pro), iOS)
- Tomato Timer (Free, Web)
All things considered, I’m pretty sure that this technique will definitely be useful.