Today I brought back one of my old study tools: The Pomodoro Technique. The concept is based on an old tomato shaped kitchen timer that is used to break work into intervals into 25min, called “pomodoros”, with a 5min break in betweeen. After 4 pomodoros you take a longer break of about 15-30min
I have an app I use on my laptop that acts as my pomodoro timer and I set the intervals to 40min with 10min breaks. After 4 pomodoros, I take a break of around 30min.
I used to use it while studying for accounting exams, to keep me working for longer periods of time. But the reason I brought it back was just the opposite. I’ve been finding myself getting too deep into my work and not taking proper breaks. And then I lose sight of the bigger picture.
It worked really well today, and helped me gain momentum. I was able to go for longer because of the mandated breaks and I felt less exhausted at the end of the day.
The most exciting thing about this is that I used to need it to get me to start working. Now I need it to make me stop 🙂
Image is of my work setup at the GSB. The screens are intentionally blank because some of the consulting work has sensitive information. Also because I’d only just arrived 🙂
Song of the day: Distruction Boyz- Omunye
Thesis update: had a fantastically productive day. 8 pomodoros :)
Blog 82/365. Read more about my #365of25 journey here