Blog Prompt #3

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.

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Blog Prompt #2

The Pomodoro Technique

The pomodoro technique is pretty simple. I will spend 25 minutes studying/working, and once completed I get a 5 minute break. After completing 4 rounds of this, I can take a 20 minute break. After each round is completed, I mark down an X, in order to encourage completing the round. I would like to try this technique because I tend to take longer breaks then the amount of time I work, which is not very efficient. It is important to manage my time properly, and even if I don’t continue to use this method, I think it will help me learn to complete work in better time.

Implementation

By the time I get home it is usually around 4, and I am not in the mood to start working right away. In order to make sure I am ready to start working, I am going to start the first round right after dinner, at around 5:30. I will make sure not to have my phone near me during the work time, and try and get through at least 2 rounds every day.

End Goal

My end goal is to get into the habit of getting my homework done before relaxing and doing what I want to do. I don’t know that this strategy will work for me, but I do know that I need frequent breaks, so I am hoping this will just encourage me to take shorter breaks.

Critical Moves

  1. No phone while working
  2. Take the break even if I don’t want to
  3. Use willpower to not push off the practice

Shrinking the Change

For the first week I am only going to do one round of the pomodoro technique, and each week after that I will add one more until I have completed 4 rounds. This will help ease into a new habit, as it won’t take up as much time right away.

Tweaking the Environment

I usually sit in my bed when I am doing homework, so I am going to work at my desk when using this method. It will encourage proper work as I won’t be lounging. As well, I will only have my computer by me if I need it for homework, so I am not tempted to watch Netflix.