The Pomodoro technique

The last days, I have experienced former calm and mellow people exploding. This is I believe the effect of the collective pressure of the Corona – the not knowing, the fricken map is upside down, nothing is “as usual.” I usually have a period between 3pm-6pm where my energy gets wildly chaotic with urges to DO something – and there is nothing we can DO to change what is.
But I CAN relate to that stress period differently.
My daughter just told me about a method called the Pomodoro – after the round tomato-timer. The technique is this:
 
Choose a task to be accomplished.
Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break
 
That “longer break” is usually on the order of 15-30 minutes, whatever it takes to make you feel recharged and ready to start another 25-minute work session. Repeat that process a few times over the course of a workday, and you actually get a lot accomplished—and took plenty of breaks to grab a cup of coffee or refill your water bottle in the process.
 
I have shortened the method here – since my aim is to share what I will do when the noia hits me and flattens me. Now I will use the timer – I will do something else than sitting down and agonizing, if only for five minutes.
This give me a completely different lever on the situation: now I have the timer to help me feel that I CHOOSE to leave the heavy collective imprint. And as soon as I am the chooser, I am not invadeable anymore 🙂
 

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