Revealing Pomodoro technique productivity
Anyone who does homeschooling knows how difficult it is to keep kids really focused on their studies. There are many distraction that sidetracks you and your child. This is in particular with a child with ADD/ADHD.
If your child has ADD or ADHD, then you are probably on the searching for solutions constantly. The schedule is actually the biggest challenge for many homeschool moms. The Pomodoro technique can help in solving all this for you and your child to get things done in the right way without pressure.
What is the Pomodoro Technique?
The Pomodoro Technique is actually from a book on time management. It delves into how we perceive time, and how to change our habits and thought processes in order to better utilize our time.
If you are thinking about using this technique then you are on the right track. But the part that can really benefit your child’s homeschooling is the timer technique that the book is centered around.
How the Pomodoro Technique Works
The first thing you should do is find a digital timer that your child can use easily. Obviously, this will vary according to your child and their age. Everything from watches to kitchen timers work just fine, but portable timers are best since they can be used anywhere.
As you begin to use the Pomodoro Technique, sit down with your child and make a list of what needs to be accomplished. Do this the night before or first thing in the morning.
For every item on the list, set the timer for 25 minutes. Have your child work on the item for 25 minutes, and when the timer goes off, let them have a break. 8 minutes is the recommended break time, but some people will take a 15 minute break. Whatever length of time you choose, just be sure your child sticks to it.
Once the break is over, they reset the timer for 25 minutes and either carry on with the previous item on the list if it wasn’t finished or starts on the next one.
Give Them Something to Look Forward To
This method can be very effective for anyone, but for a homeschooling child a with ADD or ADHD, it can really be a breath of fresh air. The child can work on their projects with a better attitude, because they know that there is a finite amount of time before they get to do something they want to do. Children with ADD/ADHD can really get bogged down if they don’t know how long a project is going to take, and feel they are stuck there until it is finished. When they know there is a timer counting down, and then they will be allowed to do something fun, they can apply themselves better. There is light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.
Make sure the reward is laid out ahead of time, especially when you first begin using this method. It can be reading, drawing, going outside and playing, or whatever you and your child decide on. Keep in mind that for kids with ADHD, physical activity during breaks may actually help them focus even better.
Try the Pomodoro technique for a week and see how it does for your child. It may be just the right amount of structure and flexibility they need, and you may even find yourself getting more done as well.
The link below shows expert opinions explaining on the use and productivity of Pomodoro technique, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNBmG24djoY.