Kevin has a strict, tight schedule that he sticks by everyday. Most people can’t keep up with it. He manages to get through, but halfway through the semester, Kevin collapses from fatigue, and has a nervous breakdown. How can Kevin prevent this in the future?
Kevin tries to get everything done all at once. This leads to high stress which can be very bad. If he follows the Pickle Jar Theory, he can make sure that he gets all of the important stuff done first, so that he can take less time and be more leisurely with the extra stuff. This could make him less stressed because now he has more time to calm down and finish the day at a good pace.
Kevin feels he has to get everything out of the way as soon as he can. When he does this, he puts unneeded stress on himself, which can lead to bad things, like his nervous breakdown. The Pomodoro Method is a technique where you take a to-do list, and a timer. Set the timer for 20 or 25 minutes, and start working. Every time you get something done, cross it off the list. Once the timer rings, you can look at everything you did, and enjoy a 5 or 10 minute break.
Option 2 (Pomodoro Method): Kevin should chose this method because it relates to Kevins situation the most. He tries to get everything done in one session, and with the amount of time it takes, he’ll have no downtime and no sense of completion because there’s no way to see progress until you’re done. With the Pomodoro Method, he will go at a slower pace, still get what he needs done, and have a sense of completion along the way helping him stay motivated and relieve stress instead of gaining it.
Kevin will not only get done sooner, but he will be ready for the next day, and will be able to keep a positive work ethic.
Short term effects would include less stress, more motivation, and a sense of accomplishment. Long term effects would be prevention of a nervous breakdown, more overall free time, and success.