Does the Pomodoro Technique work?

Lifehack, Lifestyle, Psychology

In the previous century, Time Management wasn’t widespread as much as it is today. Every successful person knows how valuable time is and how they should control it. Today, if you want to be successful at your job, you will have to possess the following: self-organization, motivation, devotion, goal-orientation and desire to learn. As we know, all that is possible but time consuming. How can we acquire such skills?

First of all, there is a technique called Pomodoro Technique. You might have never heard of it, but, believe it or not, it is one of the best methods to keep you focused. Pomodoro Technique was developed in the late 1980s by an Italian named Francesco Cirillo. It is a 25-minute method which is separated by short breaks. Why Pomodoro? Because it pertains to an italian word for the kitchen-timer which is “tomato” in English.


Professor of Engeneering at Oakland University Barbara Oakley highly recommends this method for college students and everybody else who need their time to be spent wisely. In case you want to know more about how it works, you might want to read her book “Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential” where she describes the Pomodoro Technique in detailes.

In my own experience, I achieved amazing results using this technique. I would accomplish so much by the end of the day only by sticking to the timer. I couldn’t believe it! When you think of it, it is only 25 minutes — break — another 25 minutes — and then a longer break. In such a way you can do everything you have planned for the day. The main idea of this technique is to eliminate possible distructions like cell phone, TV, Internet etc.

There is no doubt that some tasks require more time than the other ones. So what? Give yourself first 25 minutes and you will see how many more pomodoros you will need for a certain task in the course of the day. It might be even better if you alternate the biggest task with the smaller ones. Thus your brain won’t get tired of doing the same thing for a few hours, because your brain loses concentration dramatically after 20-25 minutes of being in focused mode.  It is also very important to take breaks after each session. Otherwise you won’t be able to concentrate later on.

As an approach, you might want to give yourself a reward spending a couple of pomodoros on your favorite activities in order to get used to self-orgaization. It depends on how many tasks you have for the day. Try to do what you need first and then start with something you want to do.

Besides the book, I also recommend the course called “Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects” which you can find on Coursera (you will see the link below). This course is all about strategies and ways to learn and remember what you learn, and it is conducted by the same professor of Engeneering Barbara Oakley. I find it informative and useful. I hope you will, too!

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Written by Snizhana Pashuk.


The worst advices to fight insomnia

Health, Lifehack

Alarm clock showing 3 a.m.

You should stop following advices of your family. In most cases they make your problems with insomnia even worse. Psychologists revealed how people help their partners deal with insomnia. It turned out that they give wrong advices although they try to help.

1. Go to bed earlier or later

We all know that some people like to go to bed earlier and some don’t. Whichever category you belong to, it is important to follow the time your body is used to. On one hand, if you go to sleep earlier, you will struggle with falling asleep. On the other hand, if you go to bed later, you will just ruin your sleep cycle.

2. Watch TV or read in bed

Who doesn’t like to get in bed, turn on TV and let the sound take them away from everyday routine? The same with books. Even though reading seems to be relaxing and makes you feel sleepy, it only activates your brain, and so it keeps working during the night. Therefore, bed should be used only for sleeping, and your brain must clearly understand that.

3. Drink coffee, take a nap or reduce daily activity

Sometimes you feel like you need more energy to do something important, or you need to stay up a little bit longer. You go in the kitchen, make a cup of coffee thinking that it will help you. The only thing is, you will be up much longer than you want to.

Speaking of taking a nap: no, no and no again. Taking a nap during the day may ruin your sleep cycle. You will get more energy for the rest of the day, but as a consequence you will pay for it at night time. I know there are many of us who like to close their eyes for a little while.

Additionaly, fooling around will intensify insomnia as much as impact of caffeine on your sleep. Now you better think twice before doing any of these.

Author: Yulia Sedova

Translated from Russian by Snizhana Pashuk.