If you are like most people, time management can be a challenge.
Odds are you’re bombarded with works, tasks, personal projects, lengthy to-do lists, and emails. Flooding your inbox. And when it comes to students’ life; it becomes a basic and fundamental problem that needs to be resolved as soon as possible.
Ever wondered, why is it some people take a glance and imprint exactly what they saw from the book and while others take 4 hours just to memorize one long answer? You might say it is all about the smart work that they do.
So how do Smart learners get it all done in the most efficient manner?
It is always said, “Time & Tide wait for none”, In a world where time is valued as precious, it is the scariest thing, and everyone wants to make the best use of it. Where everyone is in the rat race of achieving things, there is a need for equilibrium between tasks at the hand and the time allotted for these tasks.
But what could be the solution that helps to achieve all this without losing one’s calm mind and avoid the chaos?
The Answer to your question is a Pomodoro Technique!
WHAT IS POMODORO TECHNIQUE?
Well, you can say it is a Time Management System that encourages people to work with the time they have and help your laser focus on the important tasks while avoiding the distractions that are common with the modern experience.
To make it simpler – Pomodoro is nothing but the time span of 25 minutes, developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 80s, and is a system that seeks to improve time management through its division into fragments.
Let’s get to see how it works:
The Pomodoro Techniques consists of 6 easy Steps
#1 CHOOSE YOUR TASK AND TOTAL TIME TO WORK ON IT
Irrespective to the size of the task, whether it is big or small, it the task requires absolute concentration you must list it in your To-Do Task.
#2 SET A TIMER TO 25 MINUTES
After you have listed all the task, now is the time to make a big promise to yourself – to devote yourself straight for 25 minutes dedicatedly without any interruptions.
#3 WORK ON THE TASK UNTIL THE POMODORO RINGS.
Work on the task for 25 minutes till the alarm sounds to avoid all the distractions as it urges mutli tasking. Think, its only 25 minutes, after all.
#4 TAKE A 5-MINUTE BREAK FOR ENERGY RENEWAL, START ANOTHER POMODORO.
After all your hard work for straight 25 minutes reward yourself with 5 minutes of “Power Break”. You can take walk, watch a short video, talk to a friend or simply surf the internet. It will regain your energy to start another pomodoro circle.
#5 MARK THAT YOU’VE COMPLETED THE TASK
Once you are done with the task, mark it as ‘done’ or cut from your To-Do Task List. Francesco Cirillo gave a lot of importance to these physical gesture, like setting the alarm or physically marking work done.
#6 TAKE A 20-30 MINUTE BREAK AFTER COMPLETING FOUR POMODOROS.
While following these techniques come with come a golden rule that needs to be followed strictly. After 4 Pomodoro circles take. Take a longer breakoff 20-25 minutes. As you have been working for two hours at full capacity and need to relax. This makes your work sustainable and much more creative.
Like any system, there are rules to follow and rules to ignore. Here are four guidelines that can maximize your results:
Rule #1: Breaks are NOT Optional
Rule #2: Time Length = Challenge of Task
Rule #3: Batch Related Pomodoros
With the Pomodoro Technique, you can quickly “get in the zone” and do your best work in the most efficient manner. While you might think it’s too regimented, this method is considered, by many successful personalities to be secret mantra to achieve balance in work and life. When the clock is ticking, you’re working hard and when it stops, you get to do fun things and enjoy life.