Rest-Density

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What if the length of the break was proportional to the number of pomodoros I did in a row?”

“Can you give an example?”

“Something like (where p stands for pomodoro):

p p 30min break
p p p p 60min break
p p p p p p 90min break
p p p p p p p p 120min break

“That’s an elegant system. But you’re focusing only on length. The quality of the break is also important. That is, how restful it is.

For instance, you could spend the break browsing the net, or taking a walk. The latter is a much higher-quality break. 

In terms of break content, some activities are more restful than others. We can think of it in terms of rest-density – the amount of energy recovered per unit of time. 

Walking is a higher-density break than browsing the net.
A nap is a higher-density break than walking. 

You can recover from eight pomodoros in a row by taking a two-hour break… or by taking a nap.”

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About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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