05 January Pomodoro technique: it squashes the procrastination
In previous entrances I have spoken of what it is the procrastination and of an organic cause that it pushes to delay tasks to us that they dislike to us, the activation of cerebral areas related to the pain.
It is a lightening to know that a real cause for the malaise exists that we felt when there is to study. That knowledge can serve as stimulus to even stop delaying tasks (it served to me). Nevertheless, in many occasions we will continue feeling an enormous laziness to put to us to study, and it is necessary an incentive more, or some special technique.
A good stimulus: to have the examination around the corner. Arg! But for me it is an imperfect stimulus, since my intention in this blog is to obtain that the students enjoy more the study and to learn, and prepare better their examinations, and for that he is advisable to begin to study in time.
When you do not have the examination close, a technique that works without doubt is the Pomodoro technique. It was invention of Italian Francesco Cirillo by the end of years 1980 and it is called thus because the author used a mechanical clock of kitchen with tomato form (pomodoro in Italian) when she was university student.
Pomodoro means a period of time of 25 minutes during which it works uninterruptedly in the task which you have decided to take to end. In the case of a university student: to read, to write up schemes, to make memorization cards (flashcards), that is to say, any activity related to the study.
After those 25 minutes, a pause becomes of 5 minutes for any moved away activity of the study (to eat, to drink, to look out of the window or to dive by Internet). After 4 pomodoros a prolonged pause is made (15-20 minutes).
All the pomodoros are registered in writing, which gives a profit sensation and provides data objectives to analyze our ability to work. It is indispensable condition during pomodoro for avoiding any interruption; if it appears, it is written down quickly and it is continued working. In a working environment, it is easy that they interrupt to you. But you are a young student and you are in your quarter of study or in the library, you are not deceived, the interruptions will come from you mismo/a. So, it silences the mobile, extinguishes whattsapp, it only closes your e-mail¦ during 25 minutes.
It is important, as Barbara Oakley in its book To Mind For Numbers recommends: How to Excel AT Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)(affiliate connection, thanks), that during pomodoro you concentrate in the routine, not in the objective. That is to say, you do not demand yourself to memorise in that short while a guaranteed amount of text. You are only going to study with your habitual technique, reading, emphasizing, writing on paper, etc. Wanting to secure a concrete objective is what can cause to you to pain and rejection, and make you procrastinar. On the contrary, to our brain it likes the routine and it does not feel threatened by her.
YOU DO NOT NEED SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY
You can use an awakener anyone or the timer of your mobile. You can use a kitchen clock, there are them very cheap and they are sold in any article store of the home. They are noisy, but Cirillo affirms that to start up these clocks it favors the commitment with one same one, and tic-TAC can be motivating.
If you wish it, some software uses to control your rests. I recommend a gratuitous program here to you called Eyes Relax that you can unload in the following connection, or. You can modify the rest and working times according to your preferences. The very useful encounter when I am working with the computer, reviewing texts of the work, investigation, writing for the blog, preparing classes, etc. This program warns to you with a sonorous signal of when the moment arrives for resting and when the moment for returning to the screen, and even puts the black screen during the pause of rest, so that you do not have doubts that the moment has arrived for relaxing.
IT DESIGNS YOUR POMODOROS AND YOUR RESTS
If 25 minutes it seems to you just a short time, you can prolong it something more. But I do not recommend to you that you abuse, because the grace of pomodoro is in working intensely, thing simpler to fulfill during a short period of time. It remembers that pomodoro looks for to debilitate the anxiety related to happening of the time and serves as motivating as the effort. If sufficiently calm and you are motivated as studying during 1 or 2 hours, you do not need pomodoros.
Another option is to shorten the rests. In my case, I like to work during 25 minutes and to take rests from 2 minutes to rise to me and to walk a little by the house, with the purpose of activating my physiology and to avoid drowsiness (my intolerance to caffein does not allow to drink coffee to maintain me to me wakes up).
The use of pomodoros can help you to calculate how long you need to study a subject of a concrete subject, and thus to determine the time that you will need to prepare an examination.
A NICE SIDE EFFECT OF THE POMODORO
To rest the eyes! When it studied the MIR I began to notice ocular annoyances after taking several hours studying. It mainly consisted of ocular pain and difficulties to by far see with clarity, as if it suffered a sudden myopia. After the night rest it disappeared.
When I could consult with an ophtalmologist I found out that one was about a ciliary spasm or the accomodation. The excess of hours inverted in studying, using the near vision without rest, caused a tear of the ciliary muscles that was only alleviated resting several hours.
With the passage of the years it can appear this acomodativo spasm with less hours of study. At the moment, two hours followed of computer leave me so myopic that until I see blurred the food in the plate. But, with the use of pomodoros, this problem is resolute.
If you try to look at far during the rests between pomodoros, although it is 2 minutes, the muscles of the eyes relaxes the sufficient thing as continuing working without problems all a day. It is enough with looking more at a distance of 3 meters or, or closing the eyes. This he has been another one more of the benefits of the Pomodoro technique for me.
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On the technique of the Pomodoro: http://homominimus.com/2010/10/01/tecnica-del-pomodoro/
On the spasm of the accomodation: http://ocularis.es/blog/la-falsa-miopia/