Mission MonteCristo – Week 1: Pomodoro

This is the first report of the Mission MonteCristo. What is that anyway? It’s just how I name my project this semester. From now on I will try to make a weekly report on the progress of Mission MonteCristo. Yeah, it sounds a bit silly, but I don’t care.

Pomodoro to the rescue

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The project begins on August 20th. After one day, I feel it is not easy to stay focused while sitting in the same place for hours. Then I remember a focus technique called Pomodoro and decide to try it. Basically, Pomodoro technique lets you focus on a task for 25 minutes, then encourages you to relax for 5 minutes. After four consecutive focus intervals, you may choose to relax for a longer period, like 15 or 30 minutes. And you repeat the process until you’re done for the day.

After a few days of using Pomodoro, I think this technique will be useful, at least in the first month or so, because Pomodoro seems a good tool for training myself to keep focus for an extended period of time. Also, the Pomodoro app I use right now (Be Focused) has simple yet interesting reports for my week. I can see what and how I work during the week. Since I only use Be Focused from the end of Tuesday, my number of focus intervals for the first week is not that impressive. At least the number can only increase next week.

My goal is to hit at least 10 focus intervals per day. That does not sound like much. 10 intervals = 6 hours including the rest time in between. But from my own experience, staying focused for around 6 hours a day is not an easy feat, and I can make significant progress during that time.

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Weekly summary

I’m happy with my work last week. I start many mini-projects like Data Structures and Algorithms in C++, ROS, Linear Algebra, and Fast.ai. I also work on my resume to be ready for my school career fair next month. I’m still disciplined with my guitar practice, and that’s never a bad thing. Yeah, I feel great.

What’s next

I think I will discuss something technical next week. Maybe math, or C++, or ROS, or Deep Learning, or something else. I don’t know yet, but it will be interesting for sure.