I have an amazing secret to share with y’all.
Finally, a study hack/tip that actually works!
It’s called the Pomodoro Technique, and I found out about it on Chris Winfield’s blog!
Through him, I found out about a website called kanbanflow.com, which is a productivity site with an interactive to do list, and a built in Pomodoro timer.
Basically the idea behind it is you set a timer for 25 minutes, and intensely focus on your task for the entire time. Don’t check your phone, don’t check your email, don’t browse the web or do anything besides your task. After that 25 minutes is up, you get to take a 5 minute break.
At this time, you can do whatever you want. Reply to all those missed texts, check up on instagram, or hey if you’re feeling really crazy you could even use your break to do another productive task like fold laundry or clean.
After doing four rounds of this, or four “pomodoros” you get a 15 minute break. Imagine all the stuff you can do and all the social media you can check with 15 minutes at your disposal!
Not even going to lie, at first I didn’t think it was really going to work, so I didn’t bother.
Naturally, I let my boyfriend be the guinea pig, duh.
He has been studying for his CPA exam, and for those of you non-business savvy/non-accounting savvy people, it’s basically an incredibly hard certification exam to be a higher level accountant. It’s a series of four or five insanely long tests, which lots and lots and lots of hours studying go into preparing for.
By using the pomodoro technique, he said he finished a whole module in a day- a feat which usually takes two. He loved it!
After his glowing review of both kanbanflow and the pomodoro method, I decided to give it a shot myself, and I used it when I was doing my French homework this past weekend.
It really worked!
I think the trick is it’s easy to talk yourself into 25 minutes. Studying for 25 minutes? That’s nothing.
So you start, and then as you see the time count down, you motivate yourself to finish the section you’re on, while simultaneously telling yourself “ok, only 10 more minutes of this crap”. Then, you get that 5 minute break. Just long enough to clear your mind, check your phone, and relax before going for another 25 minutes. This helps avoid burn out and mental fatigue you get from studying for long periods of time.
Obviously, this technique won’t work for everyone. But I have read about it so many times and when I finally did try it, I was surprised to see it did definitely increase my productivity. It can’t hurt to give it a shot!
Have you tried the Pomodoro technique before? Do you have any other productivity/study tips up your sleeves? Let me know in the comments!