Work Optimization 4
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Have you stopped using the pomodoro [30 minutes of deep work, 5 minutes rest]?”
“I still use it on some occasions. But I now mostly prefer working for 60 minutes followed by a 10 minute break.”
“Why the change?”
“It’s important to remember that the pomodoro is an arbitrary structure. It’s just a reference-point.
The ultimate goal is creating a structure that works best for you. “
“You’re sedentary for longer though.”
“There’s a trade-off, for sure. However there are ways to mitigate it.
For instance, I aim to move as much and as varied as possible during breaks. A great question to ask yourself is:
How have I not moved today?
I also do some specific movements during every break to counter the effects of sitting:
– Hanging (to decompress the spine)
– Downward Dog (for the hamstrings)
– Lunges (for the hip flexors)
Moreover, I seek to think while moving as much as possible.”