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It's very easy to be distracted if you don't get some breaks once in a while but isn't 30 minutes too much? All the bosses I've had so far were very cautious about new techniques because of how "it's working fine the way it is". A 30 minutes of break is very unlikely not to be noticed and cause unnecessary conflicts with your boss and co-workers. I strongly ...


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I don't know of any specific studies I can point to your question directly right now but: In a class of pedagogy I was told that classes should be no longer than 50m because after that focus and concentration are severely impaired, and anything beyond 1h30m does not get assimilated at all. This seems to validate that: The Effect of Class Duration on ...


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From Pomodoro Technique v1.3 The 15-30 minute break is the ideal opportunity to tidy up your desk, take a trip to the coffee machine, listen to voice mail, check incoming emails, or simply rest and do breathing exercises or take a quick walk. The important thing is not to do anything complex, otherwise your mind won’t be able to reorganize and ...


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While I don't have day+ breaks when reading, I do have them when writing/blogging/coding/etc. I find something that helps is to leave myself some context as to what was going on. I think this could help you with reading. You don't need a summary of each chapter; you need a way to get back in quickly. I'm thinking when you feel you are about to take a ...


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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 ...


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I worked in a company for 10 years and although I was contracted for 37.5 hour weeks, the minimum ever was around 55 hours a week, and my final couple of years averaged out at 95-100 hour weeks. I hardly ever saw my kids, and spent most of my time in airports or hotels. So I left, started my own company and worked 50 hour weeks for much higher pay and ...


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I recommend making a visual map of the key concepts in the text while you read it. This is not only good for understanding the material in the first place, but it will also quickly remind you of the concepts involved and the structure/relationships between them. One free mapping software that I like is Xmind.


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First rule of my breaks: take a moment to gaze away at the furthest point you can find (be it your room, out the window, in a mirror etc.) This rests my eyes while working on my computer. Next I try to go and get a glass of water. This helps in two ways: it gets me off my chair and moving and it keeps me hydrated.


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I would expect that it depends to some degree on the type of work you're doing (and likely your personal preferences), but for me and my work it would be incredibly frustrating and annoying to have to break up my work like that. When I get into "the zone", I can easily blow through a few hours of time (and do an incredible amount of work), and having to ...


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I'm a little surprised that nobody had anything positive to say about it. I've been using Pomodoro for a month, but I'm switching to 30/30. (I'm a freelance developer so I have the freedom to not worry about what my boss thinks about my break time routines.) A couple thoughts: Pomodoro is strictly rigid. If you get "interrupted" 20 minutes into a task, ...


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Many people suggest at 15 to 30 minute nap, as any longer you can start falling into a deeper sleep, which can leave you feeling lethargic if you don't then sleep for your usual time (x hours) When I can get time for a power nap I tend to set my alarm for 30 minutes and that works quite well for me. Worth experimenting to see what suits you.


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In my experience, taking a break from work helps in more than a few ways. Keeps your attention levels high (drinking water recommended for breaks). Research has proven we can't focus for too long without our minds wandering off, so frequent short breaks are a way to recharge our attention-bar. Much of knowledge workers' productivity is more related to ...


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Perhaps the best is physical activity of some kind. That doesn't necessarily mean pumping iron or riding a stationary bike to nowhere...simply walking and getting out of the work environment might be enough. I'm in no way a visual artist, so I find it helpful to challenge myself with something visual: Zendoodles, origami, whatever. It just has to be ...


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Go for a walk. Change of scenery, fresh air, exercise. And it's cheap!


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I use the concept of friction based productivity, it goes like this: If you want to stop doing something, make it harder to do that thing. The first step would be to simply uninstall Minecraft and any game while you still have some consciousness of the time wasted there. Another example is getting rid of your TV (but I am guessing that you are still living ...


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MUST? Never. People work in a company for 3 reason; Happiness. Money Good condition. (Car etc..) One of these are enough for me working in the company. But I think, you are not happy, I assume money is not enough for you (Just thinking because of start-up company) and you don't have good conditions. So leaving or not, It's %100 up to you. But remember ...


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I can't take credit for this idea but I read it on lifehacker a while ago and liked the idea so much I adopted it for all of my books (especially technical books). I can't find the original post but here is the slightly modified system I've adopted. Thanks Julian! When you start a new book: Take a piece of paper and write the Book title, author and date ...


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My opinion is 5 minute break is not only for total context switch but for a rest too: stand up from computer, make some physical exercises, make tea/coffee/your favourite drink here, etc. I tended to do the same for sometime but noticed that I couldn't finish anything with such a schedule. What I've ended up is summing up all of these small tasks in 1 ...


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There is a way out of this. Like any other technique to replace 'bad' habits, it requires discipline but the reason it appears to work for a lot of us is its a good hack to trick your brain: If you are able to diagnose every habit into its underlying cues, routine and reward, you will be able to attack each component separately and will most likely ...


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Here goes a few ideas that might work: Learn how to meditate and do it for 10-20 minutes - this is very good relief for your mind. Physical activity - 20 minutes exercise. There are a lot of videos on youtube like "8 minutes abs". Playing musical instrument - even the simplest one like harmonica. Play simple offline game like Jenga.


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For myself; In the face of computer, I generally give a break 15 minutes for every hour. If I read a book, personally prefer taking 30 minutes break every 90 minutes. But the point is; if you get bored or tired, take a break. But do it regularly


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Take a look on the polyphasic sleep forum for hints on powernapping and possibly reducing your total sleep time. Personally I like 20 minute naps. I use a white noise generator on my phone to drown out sound (it also turns off after 20 minutes with an alarm) and a blindfold. Then I close my eyes, squint while staring slightly upwards (natural REM sleep ...


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I once had a therapist who firmly believed in a system called 'the 50 minute hour'. It generally applies to studying, but I don't see why it can't be used for other tasks, such as lengthy chores, or things of the home improvement variety. The idea, really, is that you apply yourself to whatever it is you're doing for a solid 50 minutes, and then complete the ...


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In all of the studying I do, I have found that being able to take breaks whenever I want to can be detrimental. Although a 5-10 minute break every hour doesn't seem bad, you may not be breaking enough. I'd definitely recommend the Pomodoro Technique.


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Short answer: Take preciously 5 min breaks every 25 min of work. Every 2 hours of work, take a longer break (around half an hour). Further reading of Pomodoro technique might help you with more details.


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I find that while knowledge work (which what most of us do, sitting at our computers) stagnates the body and tires the mind, exercising does exactly the opposite: tires the body and refreshes the mind. I get my best ideas while exercising, for instance, because my mind is off work, emptying, and creativity sets in. I'd suggest you to do one of various ...


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I also find it helpful to work first thing in the morning before doing anything else. It might be best to set up a plan for the day before you go to bed at night. Determine what time you need to start your morning routine in order to get the "urgent" and "have to" tasks done at a reasonable time. You essentially have a breakfast appointment. This way your ...


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I agree--it's a great time of day. When I know I'm doing it, I prep the night before. Often that first "meal" for me is instant oatmeal, which can be made during the session, w/o major cognitive disruption. Or I'll have a (good, often home-made) meal/granola/etc. bar ready at my workspace if I want to avoid even the 1-2 minutes it takes to throw the ...


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I do exactly the same - I often keep breakfast as the reward for completing a particular chunk of work. If, however, you notice your concentration going then it is probably time to have breakfast. I would suggest not going past 8am if you are starting at 5am - partly to get an opportunity to walk around - which you should try and do regularly anyway. ...


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Aim for a 90 minute nap, or some other multiple of 90 minutes. The reason for this has to do with sleep cycles. In the average person, the first 65 minutes of sleep don't really do much for you. Yes, they make you feel less tired, but that will wear off quickly and your brain is still going to operate at the same tired level that you had before your nap. ...



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