- Summarize your chosen strategy and explain why you picked it or explain your procrastination or multitasking problem and explain why you want to fix it.
The learning strategy that I have chosen is the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique which was developed by Francesco Cirillo. The technique makes you break down your work time into short intervals with breaks in between. By doing so, it increases your productivity. I have chosen this strategy because I wish to improve in this area. Often when I study, I find myself off task and unmotivated to continue working. I believe the technique’s set time frames will keep me in place and on task. In addition, I feel like as I approach the end of a Pomodoro and my work is almost done, I will feel excitement which I will hopefully motivate me to work even better and faster.
- Explain how you will implement the strategy – be as specific as possible
I will implement this strategy by being using an alarm clock. I chose to use my alarm clock over something more efficient such as a cell phone because I believe it will be less distracting. I will begin by setting 4 15-minute work intervals with 3-minute breaks in between for a total of 1 hour of study time. During my study time, I will be isolated from any possible distractions in order to utilize my time to the maximum effectiveness. If I find this timeframe to be successful, I will slowly amplify the work time. These guidelines will only be applied to my study time in the evening when I am at home.
- What is your end goal? How will you know the strategy works for you?
The reason I have chosen the Pomodoro Technique is because I wish to improve my productivity and time management. When I work, I find it very easy for me to get off task and therefore consistently delaying what I am actually supposed to do. This leads to me procrastinating a majority of the time. My end goal with the Pomodoro technique is to have a better and more productive use of my time and I will know my this strategy works when I see a decline in procrastination nights and eventually get rid of them all together. As for a more numerical end goal, I want to be able to have 4 20-minute work periods with up to 5-minute breaks between them.
- What are your critical moves?
My critical moves are to turn my disliking of working and studying into a more enjoyable experience. A big part of why I have trouble working productively is because I simply do not like to. From now on, I will try and keep a thought in the back of my head reminding myself that in order to be successful in the future, I must work hard now. By incorporating this positive motivation into my studies, I will put my interests aside and do what needs to be done. Another critical move would be to focus on one thing at a time when studying. Often when I study, I tend to study 2 subjects at once in order to save time that I can spend elsewhere. This has led to me not getting the best understanding of what I am learning due to the constant shifting between subjects.
- How will you shrink the change?
I have been studying a certain way through the majority of my time at school. Through these many years, I have developed certain habits and expectations that need be changed. I realized that my goal will not simply be achieved overnight. I must incorporate the Pomodoro Technique into my studies at a slow and steady pace otherwise the change will likely overwhelm myself which would not be helpful. Rather than forcing myself to sit down and study for extended amounts of time at the start, I will be increasing my Pomodoro intervals as well as decreasing my break time in between by small intervals as time goes on, for example, increasing my work interval by 5 minutes and decreasing my break time by 1 minute every other week until I can sit and study for 1 1/2 hours without needing a break. By doing this in a slow steady pace, I will likely not even notice the change in time making it easier to break my bad habits.
- How will you tweak the environment?
My goal is to increase my productivity and effectiveness of my work/studying. I realize that a huge factor holding me back from this are from distractions, and in order to accomplish my goal, distractions will need to be regulated. During my study time, I will remove my cell phone from the room I am in as well as disabling anything irrelevant from my computer to avoid any temptations. Another change I will make to my environment will be the location. I usually study upstairs in my room which is directly next to my brother’s room. Since we are close by, I often find myself distracted by him or vice versa. Relocating to a different area of the house will limit the distractions of other people. Another possibility that I have is changing my environment altogether by leaving the house and studying at the library.