Blog Prompt #2: Learning Strategy and Procrastination Experiment

Q: 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.

A: The learning strategy that I chose is the “Pomodoro Technique”. Essentially, it’s a way to help with time management for work or school purposes. I chose this strategy because personally, I have problems with procrastination. More specifically, I tend to leave work to the last-minute. On the occasion that I try to do work early (i.e. not before the night before), I find that I become disinterested and end up not working much at all and for the most part, wasting time. I believe the reason behind this is the lack of pressure to complete the work. I want to fix this issue because sometimes, I don’t have the time to complete the work with at least satisfactory quality. I hope that the pomodoro technique will help me focus and complete work, while still giving me time for recreational purposes.

Q: Explain how you will implement the strategy – be as specific as possible.

A: I will follow instructions on how to use the pomodoro technique. Simply set 25 minutes as work time (and ONLY work), and then have a short, 5 minute break. Then. keep repeating this process until I achieve a desirable amount of work complete, or until I feel that I really need a longer break.

Q: What is your end goal? How will you know the strategy works for you?

A: My end goal with this technique is to have it become my new way of doing work. I want this technique to be my personal style of doing work because I think it balances recreational time and work time very well. It prioritizes the more important part (the work), while still giving time for the less important part (the recreation). I know that this strategy works for me when I find that I’m consistently completing large chunks of work or all of the work before the deadline is close, and also when I end up procrastinating less on average.

Q: What are your critical moves?

A: My critical move is to turn my interest of unimportant things when procrastinating, and turn that interest into the work im doing. When I end up using this technique, I will be more invested into the work im currently doing and I plan to have fewer distractions, meaning I’ll have nothing but my work to be interested by. With more interest in my work, I believe I’ll have increased productivity while working.

Q: How will you shrink the change?

A: To fully implement this technique into my studies, I find it unlikely that I will be able to change my study style just like a switch, especially with the contrast between the two styles. I think that at first, I would start with less work time, and more recreation time, and overtime, slowly decrease recreation time, and at the same time, increase work time. If I find that one change is too overwhelming, I’ll go back to the previous level, and wait a little longer until I think I’m ready for the next level.

Q: How will you tweak the environment?:

A: To prevent myself from being distracted, I will get rid of my phone, and my computer from my workspace. If necessary, I will instead just move to a different workspace, maybe even locking myself out of my room and giving a family member the key to my room. I would only regain access to my room or my phone and computer once im complete a decent amount of work at the end of my pomodoro work cycle.


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