Study habits are always something that people struggle with. Being a high school teacher I hear all sorts of crazy things students do to study (but at least they are right?). I look at it with a lens that we’ll need to be able to focus with all these distractions all around. One way is the Tomato Timer method or “Pomodoro Technique.”
May 4th – Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is also named because of the tomato kitchen timer that can be used as the timer. Basically the technique has periods of intense focus and then a break to keep your brain fresh. The original technique had 25 minutes set to work on something, then a 3-5 minute break. After 4 “pomodoros” (25 minute focus sessions) then you had a longer 10-15 minute break. This keeps the brain active and admits that we have too many things going on, and adjust accordingly.
Ironically there are a bunch of apps for your SmartPhone, the typical cause of distraction, available which you can set for a certain amount of time and informs you of the breaks. If you have trouble focusing – try it for a few “pomodoro’s” and see if you are hooked.