- Use a shorter long-break.
Are you sure you need 30 minutes? If you're feeling that's too much time you can reduce it to the minimmum suggested of 15'.
- Look for activities in your to-do list
While you were working on your last pomodoros, what did you feel it was important doing and forgot to schedule? You're supposed to take notes on these activities under UNPLANNED&URGENT. Be it talking to a co-worker about a pending matter or scheduling an appointment at the dentist, this larger break is the perfect time to empty that list.
- Take a walk around the office
Not everyone can walk freely at work but if you can don't miss the opportunity. Find out what your co-workers are up to, you might get inspiring ideas by asking for opinions or just watching how they handle day-to-day problems. See if you can help doing some of their tasks, it'll earn you credits to ask for help in the future. Knowing your co-workers can help speed up group projects and strengthen your networking. You never know who might give that extra push in your career.
Power naps are told to estimulate productivity. The ABC News reports - citing a NASA Study - that a 26 minutes nap can boost your productivity by up to 34%. The same article suggests that the ideal time to do it is from 1 pm - 3pm, a said natural time to feel an energy minidip.