How to start studying, that is the question.
If you are just like me, who likes to lay around whole day and procrastinates everything until it become fire in the house. Then you’re at right place.
Since school I had a bad habit of postponing everything, literally everything. Just like me, Francesco Cirillo had sort of same problem, while preparing for his university exams he found tough to start studying and caught himself procrastinating and playing around video games in the last months of his finals.
That’s where, it all started, what he did he started a practice of studying with a timer at 25 minutes stretch (Pomodoro Timer) and worked on it in fully focused manner.
Let’s break into it, what he found that just like every muscle in our body, our mind also needs time and consistent practice to build its focus. It’s not something we are born with or attained overnight. It needs practice and lots of practice. If you practice a lot, you won’t feel tough to start studying.
Why only 25 minutes timer?
What pomodoro does is that, it tells your mind ” Hey bro, why don’t you work for 25 minutes and then you can rest after it. It’s just 25 minutes” and strangely our mind listens to it. 25 min is good because its neither too much for your mind to feel fatigue nor too small. However, after few days we can increase it.
Let’s think practical, Have you ever seen anyone going to gym and building muscle in one day or one week? Hell, No.
Then why we become overly ambitious and set plans for studying 8 hours at a stretch (Although, In my case not even 8 minutes happen).
This is what mind feels when you set such goals for yourself.
What is the Plan, now?
- Start with 2 to 4 Pomodoro sessions (only 25 minutes, PLEASE) and have 5 minutes break in between of those sessions.
- You can have a long break of 10-15 minutes after at least 4 such sessions (Baki tumhari shraddha).
- Try keeping all your distractions (Mobile, iPad, Computer etc.) away or else keep a paper along with you and jot down all your distractions in it.
- PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. – Mahatma Gandhi
Apps that may help you?
- Forest: You can plant a seed in Forest. In the following time, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and leave this app to check Facebook or play a game, your tree will wither away. It’s available for both Android and iOS.Link : Get it here
- Tide: It combines the most popular time management method Pomodoro Technique with peaceful White Noise, Tide makes your time more productive and enjoyful. I personally use this app and I love it. It’s available for both Android and iOS. Link : Get it here
- Tomighty: A free desktop timer for the Pomodoro Technique. It’s not available for your smartphones rather its for your PC or Mac. If you have to study or work on your computer, in such case you can use it as focus agent. Link: Get it here
- Marinara: No this is not sauce, its Marinara Timer. A Pomodoro-style timer you can tailor to fit your productivity needs. You can set time segments that fit your workflow, reduce distractions and share your productivity timer with teammates to complete tasks more efficiently. Link: Get it here
While applying this to your study schedule, establish a reward system for yourself to feel the vibe of accomplishment after each session. ( In my case, I used chocolates and I love them).
In case you have any question, please comment down below, I would love to help you and answer all your questions.
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Author: Prajjwal Kaushik
Being a CA aspirant, I had to deal with a lot of study pressure. I studied and learned about various study techniques adopted by the students worldwide to deal with my own study burden. I write about study hacks and tips to help you build a remarkable school/ college experience.