The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system.
For many students, time is an enemy. Or at least something tricky to get their heads around. The Pomodoro Technique allows people to work together with time instead of against the clock. It also allows them to manage priorities better and eliminate procrastination. It may even increase the enjoyment of relaxing between study sessions because the student does not have to worry about questions like “Should I be working right now?”
“Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.” – Victor Hugo
The Pomodoro is not just about helping people get things done in the present; it is also about learning how you work so you can save time in the future: Once students have got the hang of the technique, they are more likely to predict how many Pomodoros it will take to accomplish their next study task.
There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
- Decide on the task to be done.
- Set the timer to P minutes (usually 25 minutes).
- Complete the session.
- Take a short break (usually 5 minutes).
- After four sessions, take a longer break (usually 15–30 minutes).