Stopping work on a task. Could be for a short period of time such as a few minutes or could be much longer such as a sabbatical. Questions could involve managing time around one's breaks, minimizing breaks, or maximizing how recharged someone is after a break for a few examples.

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How to come out of bad sleeping patterns? [duplicate]

Background Story: It has been ten years since I slept before 10 'o' clock and wake up at 6 or before. In all these 10 years I have been atleast sleeping after 12 and waking up after 8 nowadays these ...
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How to make myself take breaks from games and other screen activities?

A long time ago I made a program for my laptop which counts down from 90 minutes and shuts down my computer after. Fool as I am, I included a feature which resets the timer, so while in theory it ...
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How long should one study continuously before taking a break for optimum result? [duplicate]

What's the norm? I was thinking of having a break every 1 hour. How long should a break normally be? And in general how long do people study before taking breaks? Is a 5-10 minute break enough ...
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What makes a 'break' appropriate or safe to take?

Happened too many times. After overcoming something in your productivity period, you suddenly feel tempted to take a 10 minutes break. An overly dangerous one because it exits from the productive ...
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Should I use pomodoro breaks to work on personal tasks?

My system is I have a MS Word document for my backlog. I add both work tasks, and small personal tasks (eg send email to so and so, ring such and such organisation, buy xyz, post on stack exchange ...
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Reposes (Longer breaks) in the long-term for maximal productivity

I am regardful of this other question on decompression but herein, I'm asking about a longer period of repose (to distinguish it from the aforesaid "break") based on empirical, scientific evidence. ...
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How to take notes when reading technical books

Do you know of any systems such as mind maps or flash cards for taking notes while reading technical/programming textbooks? For example, after reading two chapters of a dense textbook and taking a 1 ...
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Getting rid of an “I'll do it later” habit [closed]

I am in the IT industry working with software all day long from logic to code. Sometimes, very seemingly small things take a long time while larger tasks are solved in jiffy. I have a habit of ...
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What can I do during the breaks between the stressful long study hours that would not be counterproductive?

Playing computer games during the breaks would not certainly be productive to do between the long study hours. Watching TV will also not be a good idea (it will jam the brain further, I guess). ...
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What to do during mini breaks from coursework?

I am studying Computer Science and as a group of other students we tend to stay behind in university to do our coursework. Being computer science students we tend to work on a problem for hours on end ...
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Is there a way to schedule a break for long meetings in Google Calendar?

We have a couple of planning meetings a week that last about 4-5 hours, and would like to add a break every hour. Like option to add reminders, is there a way to add breaks in a meeting? We are ...
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How long should an afternoon nap last?

At the beginning of the afternoon I usually feel tired, so I take a nap. However my naps usually last 1 to 2 hours, and when I get up I’m really not in the mood of doing anything productive, I’m ...
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What is classed as a 'break' using the pomodoro technique?

I know there is a question regarding the longer break, but I want to know what should I be doing during the 5 minute break? Should I get away from the PC or just check email and facebook? I'm just ...
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Any calendar app that enforces free time, gaps between meetings?

Does anyone know of a calendar application that will warn me if I have violated the following conditions? Too many appointments have been scheduled on a given day Too many appointments have been ...
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Working before breakfast--for how long should one go?

I find that my absolutely most productive time is right as I wake up, especially if it's early--5am-ish till probably 7am is that sacred window of time. I always do things that I really want to do ...
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How does taking a break from work improve productivty?

What research has been done on this subject? I.e Is it better to work 95% of the time and break for 5% or 70% - 30%? What should you do during your break?
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Must I work in a company that does not give leaves?

I have been working in a start up company since 3 years and 4 months. I did not avail any leaves until last year when I used all of it to take care of a dear one. Off-late, I have been feeling very ...
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What should I do with my 30min break using the Pomodoro Technique

The 5 minute breaks in between Pomodoros are short and give me a breather. However, every time I go on the 30 minute breaks after 4 Pomodoros, I always feel I could be doing something really ...
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Does the “30/30 Minute Work Cycle” really work?

I'm about to embark on a pretty time consuming software project, so I'm looking for ways to improve my productivity over long periods of time. While searching for solutions, I found this article: ...
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How often should you take breaks for maximum productivity?

When working on a project, how often should you take breaks and for how long for maximum productivity? Are there any studies or research on optimal use of breaks (universally), or is it more of a ...
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What to do in a 5-10 min break to recharge the batteries? [closed]

After a session of full concentration, I usually like to take a 5-10min break, usually take a coffee break, or go for a quick stroll around the office. I find that this allows my "batteries to be ...