According to the app I use to keep track of my Pomodoro sessions, I first started using the technique 19 days ago and, on average, I’ve been working for an hour and 38 minutes each day. During these 19 days, I’ve only skipped four days and two of them were because I was out of town on a camping trip. So, overall, I’d say I was pretty successful at implementing the Pomodoro technique.
When starting off, my only motivation was my need to get work done and I thought of this technique as a magical thing that would help me do so and solve all my procrastination problems. This feeling only soared after I was successful with my first Pomodoro session. However, just like with newly bought items, the appeal was gone a week later and it was harder to go on pure willpower. So, I started used the achievement and rank system that the app has to motivate me. The more work I do in a week, the higher my rank and the likelier I am to get new achievements. If I slack off, I get demoted. This worked great because of my slight obsession with collecting achievements and discovering what the higher ranks were. After another week of using the Pomodoro technique, I realized that it felt more natural to sit down when I get home, open the app, set the timer, and start doing my homework.
What also helped was using it in conjunction with Todait. Todait tells me what homework I have to do in a day to stay on track and finish a task by its due date. After completing all the work for today, it shows an achievement rate of 100% which gives me so much satisfaction since it lets me see with my own eyes that, one, I was productive with my time and, two, that I’d finished everything I had to do.
The strategy has definitely helped me to be more productive. I’ve noticed that I’m able to complete my work earlier than I used to and this has allowed me to occasionally sleep earlier too. Additionally, when I’m on the 5 and 25 minutes breaks, I feel less guilty about not working during these times because I know that I deserve these breaks. So, since it’s been quite successful thus far, I’m going to keep using the Pomodoro technique with my studies.