Learning Strategy Experiment – The Pomodoro Technique








Summarize your chosen strategy and explain why you picked it.

I scored 34 on expectancy, 23 on value, and 27 on delay in the in class assessment for procrastination. This means that I put importance on expectancy and delay, but do not follow through with putting in value on my assigned work.  I would like to fix my problem of putting in value and prioritizing tasks by implementing the Pomodoro Technique to my work schedule. The Pomodoro Technique is a method of time management that was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s, in which a timer is used to break down chunks of work with short breaks in between. The individual working on his/her task will set the timer for a 25 minute interval, named  1 Pomodoros, and then partake in a 3-5 minute break.

I chose this technique because I get distracted easily, and end up doing something unproductive and unrelated to my initial task when working for expected periods of time, so I believe that having specific short break intervals in between work sessions will prove to be effective for me, if carried out properly.

Explain how you will implement the strategy.

The 6 steps in the technique are as follows:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the Pomodoro timer (25 minutes).
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings.
  4. After the timer rings put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3-5 minutes), then go to step 2.
  6. After four Pomodoros, or checkmarks, take a longer break (15-30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then revert back to step 1.

I will implement the Pomodoro Technique by using a mechanical timer and manually setting the 25 minute time frame.

I believe that this technique will be a very good and effective method for working on tasks because I personally tend to get bored of things quickly, which leads to me loosing focus and getting distracted, so by setting a specific time for me to work, and a specific time for me to have a break, I will be able to separate my fundamental flaw from getting in the way of my success in completing my tasks.

What is your end goal? How will you know the strategy works for you?

My end goal is to always add value and learn to effectively prioritize projects both in and out of school. I believe that by implementing the Pomodoro Technique effectively, I will be successful in achieving my goals efficiently. I will know that the technique worked for me when I no longer stay up until midnight consuming endless loops of media, whether it be social media, or videos online.

What are your critical moves? How will you shrink the change? How will you tweak the environment?

Critical moves that will be taken into place to ensure my success in reaching my end goal will be to set a positive mindset for success, and changing certain aspects of my workspace environment.

I believe that possessing a positive mindset will greatly help me achieve my goal and use the Pomodoro Technique effectively. Having a positive mindset will set me up for success, whereas being pessimistic about the Pomodoro Technique, questioning whether it would be effective or not would be setting my self up for failure by having expectations set so low before even trying out the technique.

An adequate environment is also essential for my success. I will ensure that my phone is either  put do no disturb mode, where it is out of sight, or simply not in the same vicinity as myself when doing work. The same would go for my laptop, unless the task I have to work on requires the use of my laptop.



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