Follow Up: Implementing the Pomodoro Technique

I stayed positive, stayed hopeful, tried really hard and in the end I... succeeded?

About three weeks ago I laid out a plan that was going to change how I studied and how I worked by using the Pomodoro Technique. It was meant to help me focus, cut out distractions, get me organized and most importantly stop me from procrastinating. It did about half of these things, hence the question mark at the end of the first sentence.

In my previous blog post, which you should go and read right now to understand what I’m talking about, I had outlined a pretty strict and straight forward plan, but it didn’t really work out like that at all. I didn’t get home and immediately start the timer, nor did I assign tasks Pomodoros when I got them school. So organization and unfortunately procrastination very much remain a problem. However, I have been using the Pomodoro timer everyday that I do any work and it has honestly helped me a lot. I don’t count this experiment as a failure at all. Every time I star…

Implementing the Pomodoro Technique

There are a good number of students that claim to be procrastinators or admit that they lack good time management skills, and that makes sense. Good time management is an extremely difficult thing to learn and perfect and procrastination is, to an extent, a part of our nature. However, I can confidently say that I easily outshine any student when it comes to procrastination. If the students that made presentations on procrastination and techniques to deal with it in my IDC class are procrastinators, then they are all the youngest of Padawans and I am a Jedi master. I have stories that leave my friends awestruck and would make a teacher cringe. All of this to say that I have a problem, one that needs to be resolved but that I haven’t been able to fix, and today I’m planning on trying something new that might be able to help me at least make a dent in it.

The first time I learned about the Pomodoro Technique I thought it sounded promising, and since nothing else has seemingly worked so …

Technology and 21st Century Learning

There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that school has done a tremendous amount to prepare me for the future. Although the traditional school system has its fair share of drawbacks, pitfalls and hindrances, I truly don’t know where I would be without it. Although it’s impossible to know if I’ve been brainwashed by society to think that there is no alternative to school, I’m going to put that aside for the purpose of this blog and tell you what I do know for sure. School has made three major undeniable contributions to my preparation for the future, and they can be summed up in three words; structure, work-ethic and knowledge. The structure that school provides has already had a profound and positive impact on my life. It’s hard for me to imagine a future where I won’t need to use the time management skills that the many, many, many assignments, homework and quizzes in the past 12 years have taught me. Not to mention the invaluable ability to wake up at 7am every morning, tha…