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[Project: Better self]
[improve yourself, stop being average]
So if you're the kind of person that wants to learn things faster, or finish a day's work in two to three hours, then this video might actually help you.
I know I was a slow learner and it took me three years to be below average at playing guitar, three whole years when I could've been there in one-third of the time.
I really enjoy learning new stuff so I had to change my approach.
After few weeks of searching, I've encountered an idea that really helped me to go crazy fast through the learning curve.
I used it to learn programming, and literally I was amazed.
I was confident in Android and finished my first freelance project in just four months.
When I think back, I am so glad that I stumbled upon the concept, because I would've wasted 12 months for something I've learned in four.
So what helped me, is the Pomodoro Technique.
It was invented in the early 90s by Francesco Cirillo, it was named after the kitchen timer, shaped like a tomato, he used to track his work as a university student.
And it goes like this.
First, pick something you want to work on, set a timer for 25 minutes, and focus extremely hard on the task you are working on, if a distraction pops in your head, write it down on a piece of paper and get back on the task immediately.
After the timer rings, take a five-minute break.
That is one Pomodoro session.
After four Pomodoro sessions, take a longer break of 20 to 30 minutes, and repeat the process.
It sounds simple, but the key part is that you must be extremely focused during the session, no phone, no Facebook, nothing.
Our brain tends to be very effective at remembering and connecting information when we are extremely focused.
This dates back to our ancestors, they had to pay attention when a predator was nearby.
It was a life or death situation, and when they focused, the brain worked really hard to collect all the information and store it, so in the future the encounter would likely to [sic] be in their favor.
But in today's world, so many of us (have) just lost the ability to focus.
Yes, I did spend an hour a day on the guitar, but also I checked Facebook, watched three different covers of the same song on YouTube AND practiced in those 60 minutes , so my brain thought it was nothing important, and I got the mediocre results I had.
When I implemented the concept to learn coding, my daily schedule was 12 Pomodoro sessions each 25 minutes long and 5 minutes of rest in between.
After four Pomodoros, I would take longer break of 20 minutes.
I was skeptical at first if this would even work, but after four weeks I was amazed (at) how much stuff I (had) learned.
I've never been so productive in my entirely life, and It also helped me to overcome the (problem of) procrastination I was facing, because I didn't thought (think) about the number of hours I need to lock myself in and study.
Instead, I had to finish just one Pomodoro session at a time.
You can use the Pomodoro technique to (do) virtually anything, whether it be learning something new, practicing an instrument, studying for college, I literally use (am using) it at this moment while writing this script.
Instead of spending six or seven hours of (on) diffused work, and spend (spending) my entire day writing a script, I just do four Pomodoro sessions and I get the same amount of work done.
Don't be like the old me and spend three years for something that can be done in six months.
It's not about how much time you spend, but how effectively you spend your time that matters.
So now that you're familiar with the concept, it's up to you whether or not you will actually test it on yourself or just click away to the next video.
Anyway thanks for watching and I'll see you next time.
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How To Work Smarter Not Harder - The Pomodoro Technique

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Annie Huang published on April 20, 2020    Annie Huang translated    adam reviewed
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