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Pomodoro was created over 30 years ago by Francesco Cirillo and is an easy technique that helps you to focus on short periods of time to accomplish the tasks that you have defined. It can be used in many settings, but we are going to focus mainly on students.

The seemingly strange name comes from a tomato (Pomodoro in Italian) shaped kitchen timer. Francesco used this timer he had at home to create his technique. Let’s explain how it basically works.

  1. You create a list of tasks you want to accomplish.
  2. Select one task.
  3. Put the timer on (usually 25 minutes).
  4. Work on the task until the timer rings.
  5. Write a checkmark to have a sense of accomplishment.
  6. Break for a few minutes (depending on how many checkmarks from step 5 you have the break as brief as 2 minutes or as long as 20-30 minutes).
  7. Repeat starting again at step 2.

Benefits

  • This technique breaks your otherwise scary list of tasks into manageable pieces. By doing so, you do not have to worry about getting everything done at once but rather a little bit at a time. 
  • Usually, it’s easy to block distractions out for 25 minutes, enabling focused work. During the breaks, we can deal with those distractions that otherwise would have drained our energy and focus.
  • We have a great feeling of accomplishment as we see more and more checkmarks on the list.

Drawbacks

  • We have no priorities on the list, so we might work on tasks that are not relevant or as urgent as others.
  • The timer might break while we are in the midst of a great work flow. 
  • Not everybody fits into the 25-minute rule. Particularly there are tasks that require much longer. In fact, many people implement Pomodoro with a different time duration ranging from 15 to 60 minutes.

How does STUDEAM compare to pomodoro?

Studeam has all the benefits and provides a solution to the challenges of the original Pomodoro technique.

We both agree that a list of tasks is needed. In fact, both processes require planning the amount of time that each task will require, ours is measured in minutes and the other one in “Pomodoros” (fragments of 25 minutes).

However, Studeam has priority criteria embedded into the algorithm that favors those tasks that are the most urgent over the ones that are not so urgent. Additionally, Studeam considers exam preparation as a unique kind of task that requires an alternative criterion for scheduling.

Furthermore, Studeam provides you with the option to set the duration of each work period, and the duration of the breaks you need to recover. You have full control.

I hope that this post has helped you understand how the Pomodoro technique works for students. You can find more time management techniques here.

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