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  • The Pomodoro Technique is one of my favorite techniques to fight procrastination and maintain

  • focus and productivity throughout the day.

  • Stay tuned for tips on how to incorporate this into your study routine.

  • What's going on guys!

  • This is Jay from MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • First, I want to talk to you a little bit about the history of the Pomodoro Technique.

  • So, it was invented back in the early 1990s by Francesco Cirillo, I don't know if I'm

  • pronouncing that right.

  • He named it the Pomodoro Technique after the tomato shaped timer that he used to actually

  • track his work as a university student.

  • Since then, this technique has gained much popularity in various productivity and self-improvement

  • circles.

  • So the theory behind it is that any large task or any series of tasks can be broken

  • down into short timed intervals called Pomodoro's.

  • Each is separated by a short break.

  • This takes advantage of the fact that our brains have limited attention spans.

  • So, as to how to use it, the only item you really need is a timer.

  • You can go old-fashioned or use your phone or computer with an app.

  • My favorite app is called 30/30 on the iPhone.

  • It's my favorite because of its clean interface and customizability thus making it easy to

  • do the traditional Pomodoro or customize it to your liking.

  • More on that in a little bit.

  • So first, choose a task or series of tasks that you need to accomplish.

  • Next, set the timer to 25 minutes.

  • Continue to work on the task until the timer goes off.

  • Avoid constantly checking the timer.

  • Once the timer goes off, take a short break for five minutes.

  • Get up during this time, do not take the break at the same spot that you were working.

  • I personally like getting up, holding a third-world squat, stretching, moving around.

  • And that was also the time to use the bathroom and grab a refill for your water.

  • After four Pomodoro cycles, take a longer break of 20 minutes.

  • Rinse and repeat.

  • Distractions: during your Pomodoro cycles, do your best to limit distractions.

  • The whole point is 25 minutes of intense focus.

  • Don't be checking Facebook or reddit or the Med School Insiders website on and off.

  • Focus on the task at hand.

  • So I personally put my phone on either airplane mode or do not disturb mode.

  • But be careful because 'do not disturb' mode can actually affect the notifications on your

  • timer app if you are using your smartphone app.

  • If someone else comes knocking for help, use the inform, negotiate, callback strategy which

  • was suggested by Francesco Cirillo himself.

  • So, informed the distracting party that you're in the middle of something, negotiate a time

  • when you can get back to them and call back when you're Pomodoro is complete and you're

  • ready to address their need.

  • When to use it: I only found out about the technique in medical school and if you've

  • checked my first video ever, link above right here, then you'll know that it is one of the

  • key strategies that I wish I started using as an undergrad in college.

  • So, I often use this when I can't get myself motivated to study for a subject that is either

  • particularly dull or boring.

  • So anyways, I get my Pomodoro app started and I tell myself I just need to do one cycle

  • of 25 minutes.

  • By making this commitment small, to just do a small amount of work, it's easier to get

  • started.

  • And once I finish that cycle, it always feels less daunting as I've built momentum.

  • At this time, it's usually not a problem to keep moving forward with my work.

  • I've also found it useful for reading textbook chapters, going through my on key deck and

  • getting started on background reading for research projects.

  • Remember though that, Pomodoro is ultimately a productivity system to serve you, therefore

  • don't feel obligated to always take a break if you're in the groove.

  • For longer days where you'll be studying for most of the day such as the day before a final

  • exam, I recommend you do take breaks as this sustains your stamina and prevents burnout.

  • Sometimes though it's best to just keep chugging along once you've built momentum.

  • I often stop the Pomodoro app and continue my work without breaks when I'm either reviewing

  • lectures or doing research data analysis and writing.

  • So, with reviewing lectures, I generally review one lecture, take a brief break after finishing

  • the lecture and then move to the next.

  • These breaks feel more natural to me than taking time breaks, but as always, figure

  • out what works best for you.

  • So going on to research.

  • While Pomodoro has been conducive to background research reading for myself, I find that the

  • writing and the analysis part of research requires prolonged periods of concentration

  • and therefore I prefer to not take the break after 25 minutes.

  • At this time, I either modify my Pomodoro or I just go for long stretches without taking

  • a break.

  • So then, going on to modifications; again, because Pomodoro is a template to help you

  • increase your productivity, you may want to actually alter the timing scheme.

  • So, for some tasks, it may be best to alter the timing intervals from a 25 5 minute allocation,

  • which is the default, to something like a 50/10.

  • I've used the 50/10 minute intervals with good results.

  • Figure out what works best for you.

  • You can change it up however you please.

  • Again, the 30/30 app allows for flexibility in this regard and has a great interface.

  • Alright guys, that is it for this video.

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