Ever been in a GP surgery, hospital postgrad centre, or in your company's head office and heard a resounding "ding, ding" clanging out from somewhere?
That's the tell tale sign of someone using a time management app, like Pomodoro.
Apps like Pomodoro help you to chunk your tasks, breaking up your study time. Using the so-called Pomodoro technique (named after the tomato shaped kitchen timer), you're meant to take 3-5 minute breaks interspersed between work intervals of no more than 25 minutes. After the fourth work interval - or pomodoro - your break should be of 15 to 30 minutes duration. This keeps you fresh, and is thought to boost your mental agility [1,2].
Now, I'm as guilty as the next person of pushing through to get a task finished, especially when I'm working to a deadline. So, I know how hard it is to break off when you're in the middle of something. But oddly perhaps, you DO remain more focused when you take a break. Whether it's about recharging, or giving your brain a bit of time for background processing, you benefit from taking a breather.
It's also motivating to see yourself making progress. And if - horror of horrors - you're actually just letting the time slip through your fingers, then it's time to regroup: go do something else.
Meanwhile, a huge choice of apps are available, but because I don't want to distract you further, get started NOW with this one. No time like the present, eh?
And, if you’ve got a minute, please leave me your comments, questions, or thoughts on using pomodoro apps, or anything else about the ABPI exam.
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Hi. I'm Dr Marie McKenzie-Mills, and I help ABPI exam candidates navigate the ins and outs needed to sail through this pharmaceutical industry rite of passage.
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