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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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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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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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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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My rule is this: A pomodoro break must begin with me getting up from my desk, walking (even if briefly), stretching, getting water, etc. Any time left over I will use to do whatever I want back at my desk. Don't do it in the reverse. You'll never get up, and you'll find you'll get burned out easier.


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A good strategy would be to implement some sort of consequence for breaking your own rules. It has to be something that holds weight though, so that you will consider it when weighing the pros/cons of extending the timer. You will need to determine how best to punish or reward yourself (monetary, caloric, etc).


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In my opinion, that cannot be counted as a break. The main purpose of the break (in my experience) is to set you back to a "whole-picture-aware" state. By keeping focus on something, I think you maybe preventing that from happen. It's like you create a very short 5m pomodoro for yourself. My advice is to let the mind ramble free, maybe you can keep your ...


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When I'm in a Pomodoro mode, any task that doesn't take a full Pomodoro gets bundled with other tasks into a "mixed activity" Pomodoro. The idea of the break is to refresh yourself, if you simply change to another task you're not getting that benefit. I find physical exercise of some kind is most useful. Whether that's a walk around the office, a trip ...



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