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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 ...
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.
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 ...
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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