How to Increase Mental Agility with the Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a unique strategy for approaching how long to spend studying per study session.
The length of time spent studying varies from student to student. If you have ADD, you might have short, snappy study sessions. If you’re a perfectionist, you might study for hours on end with no breaks. The Pomodoro Technique offers a sweet solution in the middle.
The technique was developed by an Italian guy while he attended university. As a means to increase mental agility, he set his tomato (pomodoro) kitchen timer to 25 minutes. At the end of 25 minutes he took a five minute break. That counted as one out of four short sessions.
When he tallied a total of four 25 minute sessions and three breaks he took a long break, about 30 minutes. Once the long break was over he restarted the tally marks.
In today’s smart strategy, I alter the original Pomodoro Technique from 25 minutes to 45 minutes. The increased length of time was better for my personal workflow. I felt like that gave me plenty of time to get into my studies. You might be different. Try different times, ranging from 25 to 45. If I felt like I was in a good flow, I kept studying for an additional 5 minutes. I lost focus quickly if I went longer than 50 minutes.
Use the Pomodoro Technique to your advantage to stay alert and focused during your study sessions.
On breaks refuel with water or a snack. Stand outside to soak up a few rays of sunshine while deep breathing to relieve stress. Stretch your legs, arms, and back to increase blood flow throughout your body. Do a few jumping jacks to increase your energy level.
After each break, get back to studying! You don’t need to go through four whole study sessions and breaks to reep the benefits of this technique. If you only have time for a short study session, then know that even a short amount of time is worth your effort!
What this technique offers is relief from the thought that study sessions have to be long and tedious. What a burden! If you thought you always had to spend a long time studying for it to count, think again!