POMODORO TECHNIQUE – My Favourite Tool to Improve Studying and Productivity
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“When the Jacaranda’s fall, it’s exam time for all” – is a saying my daughter made up years ago. And so, if you look around, you’ll realise that exams are not far away.
Many people battle with exam stress, so this month I thought I’d highlight the Pomodoro Technique (named after the Italian’s tomato-shaped timer). A simple study technique which can improve your productivity and in turn decrease your stress levels. The technique is based on the data that shows that our concentration wanes after 20-30 minutes. This technique uses this information to ‘reset’ your concentration levels, thereby allowing you to work smarter, not harder.
In addition, the Pomodoro Technique helps you resist all of those self-interruptions and re-train your brains to focus. Each pomodoro is dedicated to one task and each break is a chance to reset and bring your attention back to what you should be working on.
Go on, try it out. What have you got to lose?