Do you need to be more efficient? Do you need to pass an exam and feel like you don’t know what to do?
Universally called the Pomodoro Technique, this means working for 25-minutes, then followed by a 5-minute break. Before explaining this method, I would like to say, this has worked for me, my students, and millions in this world. So it is PROVEN to help you.
This is how it works:
- List tasks you would like to accomplish.
- After each task, draw “circles” or “tomatoes (pomodoros)”. Each circle is worth 25 minutes, so estimate how long it will take to complete each task. The task like will look something like this:
- Now the hard part. Put that into ACTION!
- When you are done with the one Pomodoro, color it.
While doing concentrated work for each 25-minute intervals, it’s imperative to eliminate ALL distractions.
I put my phone on silent, block distracting websites, and disable chat notifications. I focus ONLY my one task for that micro-session. One exception for me, the chat I have on SmarterDA.com website. Unless I have a meeting, I always want to answer users’ and potential users’ questions, so if that rings, it is a priority. Otherwise, I try to follow this Pomodoro technique as close as I can.
After each 25-minutes micro-session, I take a 5-minutes break.
But sometimes, you get the momentum. So instead of taking this 5-minutes break, keep going! Add another 25 minutes (your Pomodoro clock) then take a 10-minutes break! See, you can accumulate your breaks.
I use this technique myself and I trying to help hundreds of valued SmarterDA Dental Assisting Boards Solution users to adopt this technique. Let me know if I can provide you with any type of extra explanation.
Lastly, you can download apps: Pomodoro Time
Me, I just use my phone.
Author: Claire RDH, MS
Claire is the founder of StudentRDH and SmarterDA – exams prep solutions for the dental hygiene and dental assisting students. The online solutions deliver content of the highest quality through the latest e-learning technology. According to some students, studying is now “addictive!” Prior to her career in the dental field, Claire Jeong was an education specialist at Boston Children’s Museum. Claire is licensed to practice in the United States as well as Canada. She provides personalized mentorship and can be reached at ClaireJ@SmarterDA.com and support@SmarterDA.com.