For my time and stress management course, I was asked to log how much time my unit took and try out the Pomodoro method of time management. The Pomodoro method is to set a timer for a set amount of time and to stay focused on one task for that entire time then to take a small break.
It took me a total of 4 hours and 45 minutes to finish this entire unit and each task assigned with it. I did it in less than 5 hours but not by much. I believe it took me close to 5 hours because I spent a lot of time in each subunit relating the information to my personal life. I am someone who has always tried to keep my time and tasks organized. I have always written down every task, assignment, and event but my writing was not completely organized. My biggest distraction during this was me searching the App Store for the best to-do list or calendar apps. I am a working student who owns their own house so I needed an app with a variety of list options, and calendars to fit my life. I chose the app duo of Actions and Timepage. Timepage is more of an event planner and the Actions app is a list-oriented task planner. Would recommend using both of them!
I have always been most productive in the morning. My most productive time is between 8:00 am- 1:00 pm. Today I tried the Pomodoro method while finishing an essay assignment. I decided to search the App Store for a more motivational timer app. I found one called Flora that you can watch a plant grow on your phone and if you stop the timer or go out of the app then it fake kills that plant. This app motivated me to stay off my phone because I of course did not want to kill the plant. I set the timer for 25 minutes and began writing. After my five minute break I decided to change my timer to 45 minutes. I felt that 25 minutes was too short of time because it would go off as soon as I would get really into the writing. 25 minutes was also not long enough for me to get as much work as I would like done. 45 minutes worked much better because at about 40 minutes I started to get antsy. I was happy with the amount of work I got done after 45 minutes.
Let me know of any apps that you use to stay organized or focused!