The "Pomodoro Technique" by Francesco Cirillo was developed in the late 1980s and progressively improved until it was subsequently defined in 1992. Cirillo discovered that the "perfect Pomodoro" should last between 20 and 35 minutes through experimentation with various workgroups and mentorship activities.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
A session is called a Pomodoro and is typically for about 25 minutes. After the end of one Pomodoro, take a break for 5 minutes. This activity is to be repeated four times.
- A long gap of 15 minutes is to be taken after the fourth session.
You must stay away from distractions and stay focused both internally and externally.
Our attention span has decreased to a minute or two, which makes us fuzzy and confused when we try to sit to study for long hours. The Pomodoro technique divides more significant amounts of work into shorter chunks making your great work seem small.
Many apps can be used to perform the Pomodoro, like:
When counting your Pomodoro or breaks, these applications provide a ticking sound that puts your brain in priority mode. They also keep track of the number of times you finished 4 Pomodoro workouts.
The ticking sound is crucial to continue working. Especially for people who get easily distracted like me. The only reason why Pomodoro works lie in the ticking sound. I don't know how many of you know about ambient noise, white noise, etc. These timers set a virtual environment for your brain that helps you concentrate on the given task.
Turning the ambient noise on can be helpful when you cannot concentrate on a particular task.
The second factor for which Pomodoro is known for its method for taking breaks. In these stressful days, we don't want to stop but to keep moving exponentially. We want significant and satisfying rewards, which is why many of us want to work and work for days without taking a break or compromising our sleep.
Taking breaks is very important to nourish, refresh and help the brain to organise and reflect upon essential thoughts. When work seems to pile up in our life or when we take up a lot of things, which results in us stressing in a way that makes it impossible for us to focus on the current task. Sometimes, due to some bad day or lousy incident, we tend to be full of emotions, which obstructs us when we try to do something else.
Pomodoro technique schedules break in a way that can help you release stress and calm your mind. When the internal noise is high inside your mind, resist taking breaks, feel guilty and more emotions like these clog your mind. The Pomodoro technique has a great way of organising your mind while studying.
The original labour time of 25 minutes works because it manipulates your mind into thinking that you don’t have to work long hours to complete your work. As I said before, the problem with most of us is that our attention span is decreasing daily, due to which we don’t have the energy to work.
Another reason why Pomodoro works is Parkinson’s Law which says the more time you give for a particular task, and your task will expand to take the time you allotted.
Elon Musk says that if you assign a task that would normally require 6 months, you should give yourself only 3 months. Many of us have no idea how much time it would take to complete a work, which is why we fail most of the time to complete a task.
I was doing my maths homework the other day and was supposed to do it in two Pomodoro’s, but in the end, I still had 2-3 questions left. The point of this anecdote is that most of the time, the first step is the determining step of the Pomodoro. If you successfully perform four Pomodoro, which is in total only 2 hours, you will complete your work in the required time.
Using breaks efficiently is something that I figured out a lot later in life. We use leaves to watch TV, Netflix and chill, etc. You mustn’t engage in dopamine-sucking activities while taking short breaks. Taking a walk, reflecting upon thoughts, calming your mind via breathing or meditation, etc., can be some activities that will reduce your stress and help you focus best in the coming.
I am an irritable kind of guy which has made me vulnerable to small distractions that need to be avoided throughout the whole day. I am a science guy, and even though I love studying science, I still didn't crack any exams or score very high marks in my class.
Sometimes I blame my mind, as I tend to overthink stuff to an unexplainable level through writing for now. I sometimes believe that I am good for nothing.
I won't say much has changed by knowing about the Pomodoro technique, but I will add that I know how to sit to study. Many books or influencers talk about different strategies for time management and productivity. We often talk about productivity rather than being productive.
The Pomodoro technique removes the question of how, when or what; thus, every tension outside the topic you want to work on vanishes. For the first few weeks, studying with the timer is uncomfortable, but as you constantly continue, you get better and better.
It is super stressful for me having more than 4 jobs on a particular day, due to which I have to make a timetable for 48 hours rather than the usual. This doesn't mean I have more hours; instead, I make a timetable for 2 days. Pomodoro is my go-to process when my mind is baffled by the question. What do I do now?
You can call it my helplessness or the overwhelmingness of too much work to do that I am unable to concentrate on one work and therefore, I can't assign more than 2 hours to anything. However, this tension of assigning work or how I complete nine tasks in one day turns me into a procrastinator.
The Pomodoro technique is an excellent technique if you are having symptoms of ADHD.
In India, many people suffer from ADHD, so people like me need to know how to sit to study, what to study and how to study.
A person with ADHD has trouble 10x times more than an average person. The combination of Pomodoro, the ticking timer and ambient music helps me enter my focus mode and exit it at the right time.
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