Updated: Jun 13, 2021
By Tara D'Uva
A favorite time management technique I share with parents and coach students to try is the Pomodoro method. When used, it allows the student to complete projects more efficiently and with a fresh brain. For every task needed to be accomplished, work for a set 25 minutes. Then, take a 5 minute break. The name "Pomodoro" came about because the originator, Cirillo, used a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato. When student returns to work, it should be on a different task. Even if first job is not complete, the brain will continue working on it. So eventually, when student returns to it, it will seem easier to complete. After 4 "Pomodoros" have passed (100 minutes of work with 15 minutes total breaks) student then takes a 15-20 minute break. Some students find it helpful to track the amount of times they had an urge to procrastinate or switch gears. Keeping the timer visible is a big part of the process. It's an easy system to use and results can be seen very quickly within a day or two! True mastery can take from one week to a few weeks.