Do you know taking regular breaks, makes you do more?
Yes, that’s true.
Pre-timed breaks ensure that the work’s monotony is broken, and you resume the work with a fresh mind.
Let me explain why does this happen and how you can utilize it to be more productive.
The reason behind this phenomenon is the limitation of the human brain to focus on a task for a limited duration only.
Working for longer durations at a stretch on an activity reduces efficiency and impacts output quality.
Various studies have been done on this subject, and it has been found that people who take consistent breaks are found to be more productive than their counterparts who work for longer durations in a stretch.
There are various models and techniques for implementing this process.
The most famous one is the Pomodoro Technique, which works around the principle of intense work sessions of 25 minutes each, followed by 5-minute breaks.
Pomodoro means ‘a tomato’ in Italian, and the technique is named after the tomato-shaped timer Francesco Cirillo used (the inventor, 1980s). The Pomodoro Technique is a popular way to increase productivity by reducing overwhelm.
Let us understand the process flow of this technique:
• Pick a timer, set it to 20 or 25 minutes.
• Spend 20-25 minutes on a task.
• Once the timer rings, stop.
• Take a break of 5 minutes (cycle 1).
• Return to another 20-25 minutes on a series of tasks.
• Take a break of 5 minutes (cycle 2).
• After four cycles, take a more extended break.
There are some other models based on a similar concept and suggest 50-minute sessions with 20-minute breaks. Ultimately, it all boils down to what works for you.
Go ahead and test it on your own to see the results.
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