Reading Exercise 1, Pomodoro Technique

To better attune your attention to the first of our longer novels, experiment with the Pomodoro Technique in your reading for this week. Ideally, you will use a simple kitchen or mechanical timer, paper, and a pencil. Other suggested timers are listed below.

  1. Set your phone on airplane mode and turn off your laptop’s Wi-Fi.
  2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
  3. Read.
  4. End reading when the timer rings and put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break to check your phone (5 minutes), then return to step 2.
  6. After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

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