How successful were you at implementing the strategy or technique? What helped or impeded your success?
I was decently successful at implementing the Pomodoro technique. Although I did miss some days where I could’ve at least completed one round, on the days that I used the technique I got through a lot more work then I normally would. In a normal work session I would work for about 10 minutes, then a 30 minute break, and repeat. With this technique I am working for 25 minutes and then a 5 minute break, at least twice, which obviously adds up to a lot more work time. As well, it really helps to know exactly how much time I am going to be working for in a round, because instead of wondering how much longer there is I know that I will be told when to finish.
One thing that majorly helped me was the use of an app called Forest. One of the presentations in class was on this app. It is useful because you add a tree to your garden if you complete the time, which is only completed if you don’t open any app’s that are decided to be unproductive like Snapchat. If these apps are opened for more than a few seconds, or you end the round early, you add a dead tree to the garden, which makes me feel unaccomplished so it pushes me to finish the session. It also timed my breaks so I could actually relax until my phone buzzed instead of constantly checking the time.
One thing that impeded my success is my job schedule. I work after school on Mondays and Wednesdays, and I don’t get home until around 9. On those days, I didn’t want to go through 25 minutes of work, and because I didn’t want to have an incomplete session, I didn’t work at all. The real problem there is my procrastination and laziness, but at least my goal wasn’t to procrastinate less (I actually have been procrastinating less with this).
Did the strategy improve your learning or reduce your procrastination? What evidence do you have to support this claim?
This technique greatly improved my learning and even helped with my procrastination a little. I was spending more time doing my work, so I actually absorbed the information I was learning because I wasn’t taking breaks right away. Over the past 2 weeks, my marks on assignments have gone up quite a bit, and I have also been much better at handing in projects on time. It also helped me reduce procrastination because I want to have at least one tree everyday.
Will you continue with the strategy? Why or why not?
Yes, I am going to continue with the technique. I have actually had the app on my phone for a long time, but wasn’t using it consistently. Now that I am, I fell a lot less stressed because I am not leaving homework to the last minute as much. I also know how important it is to make good habits, and I think this is a very healthy change to be adding to my life.