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!! This app is a studyblr must!!
It’s another productivity-timing app, but it has all the features I’ve been looking for:
1. Like Forest for android or FocusNow or iPhone, it’s an app that prevents you from playing with your phone while you study…….. Except here’s the thing: the counter only goes when the phone is facing down so it removes all temptations of even lifting up your phone

2. Themes: this app has the feature called themes, so you can measure how much time was spent on each activity. the theme is also 100% customizable. I set each theme as the name of the course I’m taking this semester so I can see if I’m lagging behind on any of the subjects

3. Weekly goals: need to spend about 20 hours on physics this week? You can se the weekly goal on the settings (again, by theme).

I’ve just been introduced to this and I already love it! The name is “Focus Timer: beyond pomodoro” and it’s on the AppStore! I’m not sure about the playstore though. But for my friends who use an iPhone or iPad, this is such a great app!

Happy studying, everyone!

I am known as quite the Productive type, so here are some of my tips just for you guys! 

Tip 1: plan ahead 
If you have a planner that is not time managed… Get one that is time managed. Right now I use my bullet journal in an altered way, when I want to spend a day properly getting THINGS DONE. Make sure you know how long you will need for a certain task and be specific in what that task is. 5 pages. A chapter. A certain subject. Now plan it into your time table, and take the time spaciously. Will it take 15 minutes? Plan 20. You will feel more rested and accomplished! ( also don’t forget breaks ) 

Tip 2: sleep.
What? Sleep? Why sleep? Studyblr’s don’t sleep? Let me tell you. If a studyblr is advertising not taking care of your body because that’s hardcore? They are not doing it right. Sleep is essential. Make sure you have 8 hours of sleep, so you have enough energy for the day and start the day EARLY.   

Tip 3: Don’t take hours getting ready 
2 hours to get ready in the morning? You can use that time better. Go from bed straight to the shower so you will be fresh, get yourself some breakfast, chill for a bit and then 10 minutes before you planned to start studying, go grab your stuff and Do the job. 

Tip 4: minimize your distractions 
Don’t put things on your desk that you won’t be using. It’s distraction and you don’t want that. Music with lyrics is a big no go for me. Spotify does some GREAT playlist just for this and also coffitivity.com (available in the appstore too) is a savior. Listen to that with headphones on and you immediately get into that productive state. 

Tip 5: keep track of time 
I have used Pomodoro and those types of apps but they didn’t do the job for me. What I like to do is put the stopwatch of my Iphone next to me and every time I finish a “task” I start a new round. When I go for a break, I stop the stop watch, and in that way at the end of the day, I will see how many hours of real productivity I had and what I can do better next time. 

Tip 6: Social media does not exist
No, not even tumblr while searching the studyblr tag and aspecially not during small breaks. There are apps that won’t let you have access to social media your laptop or phone, but I just use my second iphone with no apps on there so twitter, tumblr, Facebook, non of it is available at the tap and luckily I am not that desperate to go on web to those sites haha! 


And those are the Productivity tips I got for you as if now, Any questions or suggestions? Feel free to fill up my ask box!

A Napoli puzziamo.
Io puzzo di tufo e di lava del Vesuvio. Puzzo di Posillipo, di Partenope, di canzoni cantate in tutto il mondo e tradotte in tutte le lingue. Puzzo di cozze, di Babá, di sfogliatelle, di dolci fatti in casa e puzzo pure di pasta al pomodoro e basilico. Puzzo di 3000 anni di storia, di 5 castelli e 365 chiese. Puzzo della prima illuminazione pubblica al mondo, del primo teatro lirico di sempre (S.Carlo 1730 - Re Carlo III di Borbone). Puzzo di pizza che tutti ci invidiano, di mozzarella che tutti si fanno spedire in tutte le parti d'Italia. Puzzo per le domeniche passate in famiglia e puzzo per quei napoletani uccisi per difendere la prima ferrovia in Europa, la Napoli/Portici. Puzzo per la prima università pubblica al mondo, la Federico II di Svevia, anno 1100. Puzzo del Cristo Velato, di Caravaggio, di Solimena, Ribera, Luca Giordano, Bernini e Canova, puzzo di Totò, di Troisi, di De Filippo, di Pino Daniele. Puzzo dei bambini che giocano ancora per le strade di Napoli, puzzo di sole, di mare, di scogli, di sabbia. Tutta questa puzza dà odore alla mia vita.
The Science of Procrastination, and How to Beat it!


Last time I checked, laughing at Seinfeld and studying for my Psychology exam have as much in common as a banana and a tricycle, however, they are more connected than you might think. When our brain encounters and interacts with a pleasurable external stimulus, a signal is given by the cerebral cortex to release dopamine, and hence we experience happiness and gratification. This is part of the brain’s “reward system”, and reinforces that behaviour, ensuring we make the connection that repeating it will give us pleasure. Obviously the brain chemistry here is very simplified, but I am refraining (barely) from writing a three thousand word essay.  


Now, activities we do while procrastinating, e.g. watching Ellen on YouTube, give frequent, shorter bursts of dopamine, and since we generally base things on their temporal proximity (i.e. we see things with a closer reward as having higher value), we find procrastination often more pleasurable than working towards a larger goal. The larger goal, although it may produce a greater satisfaction than the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, is further away, and hence we tend to undervalue its importance until the deadline approaches.


BUT NEVER FEAR MY FRIENDS! There are well established methods that can counteract these tendencies.


1. Break Up Your Goals

Breaking up your goals can ensure that we receive timely “rewards” each time we complete a task, and hence counteracts the pull of procrastination. Rather than wait for the huge surge of adrenaline then relief and happiness before a deadline, chunking your work ensures that you remain motivated consistently, as it releases dopamine timely and you feel and that you have a pathway to accomplishing your goal.

2. The Pomodoro Technique

This is a time management system which allows us to break up a larger task into smaller ones. The system encourages short, frequent bursts of work which increases efficiency remarkably, and allows you to maintain your stamina, whilst having the promise of timely “rewards”, i.e. the satisfaction of completing a task. From experience, these are hard to keep track of in daily planners, so I suggest you download an app on your phone or computer – there are many out there. Personally, I use Pomodoro on Android. Essentially, all you have to do is decide on a task, set an alarm for twenty five minutes using an app or watch, work on that task for twenty five minutes with good focus and pace (don’t worry if you don’t feel like the Terminator here) and then take a short break (three to five minutes) after the time is up. Repeat this throughout the day, and every four times you do this, the break should be longer, i.e. fifteen to twenty minutes. 

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POMODORO TECHNIQUE:

      So the rundown is.. choose a task, set the timer to 25 minutes (pomodoros), after each pomodoros, you take a 5-10 minute break, after you take 4 pomodoros, you take a 30-60 minute break. Repeat until satisfied. Here is the official website. 

      This technique is designed to:

  • Improve your reading speed.
  • Track assignments.
  • Write papers.
  • Break down large tasks (like drafting a research paper) into smaller steps.

P.S this is what the website says. I find it extremely helpful for time management.

What You Should Use it For:

  • Projects
  • essays
  • studying
  • anything that takes a longer period of time than usual
  • just break it down to small tasks!!!

What You Shouldn’t Use it For:

  • math/ science homework
  • homework you can get done within a short period of time
  • homework that is due tomorrow
  • of course do what you want, adjust to your needs!!!

Apps:

I chose 

my fave free ones because we all broke student with no cash.

  • Pomodoro/Focus Keeper (ios): Basic features of pomodoro timers. Attractive and light interface. Great getting-started tutorial. !transitions! from break to work timers automatically.
  • Pomodoro Time (ios/android/window): Has statistics + the basic features. Slightly less attractive than the pomodoro keeper in my opinion. To-do list is neat. It is full of easy to use features.
  • FocusNow(ios/android/window): Forest but for pomodoros! It’s my favorite one in terms of productivity because it’s really fun and useful. I am addicted to collecting the trees tbh. It’s so cute omg.

Seriously, just choose any timer you like that can set to 25 and 5 minutes. These are all just specialized ones.

Break Ideas:

I made a guide here

Printables:

This week’s printables is a simple pomodoro planner. You fill in the task and color in the printables, giving you the satisfaction of checking it off each time.It’s simple and minimalistic. ps. the dropbox version looks a little glitchy but I promise it works just fine.

+ Others:

Study Breaks: A Guide

Backpack Guide P1

Backpack Guide P2

Habit Tracker Printables

And that’s it! If you have any questions/comment/suggestions/problems drop by my inbox.  ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡ I love you and have a nice day/night <3

Cheers, Kitty

What to do in your pomodoro breaks?

5 minutes / short break:
- Get up, open the window, inhale and exhale for 4 seconds
- Drink water !
- Stretch a little bit
- Water your head with cold water (but not extra cold), it will refresh you
- Turn on your favourite song and dance
- Lay down on your bed and close your eyes (but try not to fall asleep)
- Massage your head
- Take down the recycling bin (I hope you’re recycling, if you don’t, please consider it because it’s a really easy way of helping the environment) or the garbage
But whatever you do, don’t go online because if you’re like me, you’ll be sucked in on the social media (tumblr is no exception! It’s pretty easy to spend hours scrolling down on tumblr).

15 minutes / long break (it’s after 4 pomodoros):
- Clean up around your room
- Read a magazine
- Wash your dishes (it’s especially crucial if you live in dorm. I can tell you, it’s not my favourite activity to do, but I don’t want my dishes to pile up because that is gross)
- Work out (there are several videos on YouTube that are only 5-15 minutes long)
- Spend time with your pets (several studies show that spending time with them decrease the stress level)
- Make a playlist of energetic tracks and dance, jump and sing
- Go down for a little walk around your house
- Talk to a friend of yours (not a message, rather a phone call)
- Talk to your mom, dad, sibling(s)
- If you have a great willing power, you can surf on the Internet but be sure not to spend more time than the given.

The Pomodoro technique is a method of time management that eliminates the option of “burnout” by working in scheduled sessions and breaks. Here’s how to use the technique:

  • Choose a task that you’d like to get down.
  • Set a timer to 25 minutes (this is the pomodoro).
  • Work on the task until the timer rings.
  • Once the timer has rung, put a mark on a piece of paper. Congrats, you’ve done a pomodoro!
  • Take a short break.
  • Get back to work for another pomodoro.
  • After four pomodoros, take a longer break (e.g. 20 or 30 minutes).

Here’s an online timer to get started.