Sentinel Tries to be Productive: Part 2

The Pomodoro Technique


Pomodoro is a time management technique (and app) with a balance of 25 minutes of work, to 5 minutes of rest. We put this app to the test when dealing with our daily homework.

Colette’s thoughts:

Accessibility: 5 out of 10
The app’s timer does not buzz; therefore, it is easy to forget that the app is running.

Effectiveness: 7 out of 10
There is no real “measure” of accountability.

Pros: The technique a nice work/life balance and it gives incentive to get work done.

Cons: The time constraints are not perfect for everyone and every task. There is “tracker” of productivity.

Bottom-line: I would recommend trying this technique independent of the app first.

Browser equivalent: Tomato Timer

The Pomodoro technique is one of the most popular productivity methods. Whole classes are offered to attain mastery in this time management trend. Its merits are clear. The schedule of dividing one’s time into a certain amount of work and a certain amount of rest is incredibly realistic. Not only does it force one to work, but also it reminds one to relax briefly, a necessary reminder for many. For me personally, the app, which follows the Pomodoro technique, was not as effective as I would have liked, as I enjoy staying on task and not losing my thought. Additionally, the rest time (5 minutes) can be distracting or seem like too much time to be taking a break.
The work time of 25 minutes is reasonable, though the majority of assigned tasks take more than 25 minutes to complete. The free app itself does not allow for much flexibility, but the online version and the paid versions do. Additionally, if the breakup of the Pomodoro technique interests you, but applications and websites are too much of a hassle, I would recommend just using an egg timer for the simplest way to implement this method.

Although personally not suited to my work style, I would highly recommend this technique for people who get overwhelmed working for long amounts of time. The App itself was not extremely impressive; however, there are still many different to try this that I would still recommend it.

Mary’s thoughts:

This convenient timer app features a structure of 25 minutes to study, follow by a 5 minute break. When first using it I liked having the structure, however I soon realized that the time restraints didn’t work well for my homework methods. When working, I like grinding out the assignment, taking a break, then grinding out another one. With only 25 minutes to work I couldn’t complete a whole assignment. The 5 minute break also didn’t work well with my work ethic because it wasn’t enough time to grab tea or a snack, but too long to take a breather. From my experience, taking 45 minutes to work then taking a 10 minute break is better for me. However, the Pomodoro method does work well for studying material that you went over in class or for a quiz. Overall, setting the Pomodoro timer was a great way to get started, and effective for studying in small increments, but I wouldn’t use it for my homework routine.
Rating: 5/10

-Colette Juran, Science Editor, Mary Zech, Arts Editor

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