I have recently been feeling very stressed and burnt out at work. The stress has begun to have physical manifestations, in terms of dizziness, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus and IBS. As a result, my productivity has taken a massive downturn. I try to work 100% 100% of the time, but it just isn't going well at all. I keep getting distracted and making stupid mistakes and missing deadlines.
So I thought I would try the Pomodoro technique, and take a 3-5 minute break every 25 minutes, and not take the longer breaks every 4 pomodoros. I told my boss that I was doing this, as they were also keen to improve my productivity.
The last week has been the most productive week here for months, but on Friday afternoon my boss asks me to make up time for all of the 'breaks' I have taken.
I'm unsure, but is one expected to 'make up time' for 'lost' time with the pomodoro technique? For example, if you have to work for 6 hours, do you work an extra hour and ten minutes longer to account for the time lost to breaks? Or are the breaks counted as part of your 'work time'?