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How to Improve Your Focus With The Pomodoro Technique

Study time is a crucial part of understanding the materials being taught at school and getting good grades. Ineffective studying, or too much studying, can easily lead to burnout. The best way to combat this is leveraging the Pomodoro Technique.

What is the Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is a time-management work method developed by Francesco Cirillo. The steps for a "Pomodoro" session are as follows:

  1. Create a to-do list

  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes

  3. Work on a task until the timer goes off

  4. Take a 5-minute break

You may then repeat the Pomodoro cycle to continue working on your tasks until they're complete. Every four cycles, be sure to take a longer, 15–30 minute break in place of the original 5-minute break to allow your brain to clear, relax, and reset.

It is also important to determine what you should work on in each Pomodoro. Use your to-do list to organize what you will be focusing on in each session. You can combine smaller, less time-consuming tasks into one Pomodoro and spread out longer, more time-consuming tasks across multiple Pomodoros.

Why Does it Work?

The Pomodoro Technique works because it combats a central problem that leads to procrastination: not knowing when or where to start. Creating a to-do list and establishing an outline of what you will do makes it easier to simply begin your work. Many people struggle to complete their work because once they start, they won’t stop to rest/recharge; the Pomodoro Technique also prevents this. It helps stabilize your workflow and improve your time management skills by building them into your work habits.

When Do I Use the Pomodoro Technique?

You can use the Pomodoro Technique as few or as many times as you want—whichever works best for you! The goal is to reduce anxiety, not build it, so adjust accordingly. You can use the technique simply to complete assignments during the day, or you can use it to create daily or weekly schedules.

Overall, the goal of using the Pomodoro Technique is to work as efficiently as possible while being aware of, but not intimidated by time, making it a fantastic tool to help increase your focus while also giving your brain and body the breaks they need.

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