Congratulations! You’ve made it through a Pomodoro, and now it’s time for a short break. Since short breaks only last five minutes, and you’ll soon be diving into another Pomodoro, you should refrain from doing anything during your break that requires significant brain power. Also avoid thinking about what you’ve accomplished so far.
These short breaks should be just that. Breaks.
So what should you do during your short breaks? Leaving your desk or work area is recommended, to create some physical distance between you and what you’re working on. Get up and walk around to get your blood moving, and let your mind go elsewhere. Thinking about unrelated things can actually help you focus when it’s time to get the Pomodoro ticking again. Not to mention, it stimulates your problem solving creativity, because the seemingly unrelated concepts you’ve spent a few minutes thinking about could prove useful when applied to your work.
One thing to keep in mind is that five minutes goes by faster than you’d think, so don’t commit to anything too taxing or absorbing, or it will be difficult to get back into the zone once the break is over.
A refreshing and prudently spent short break might include virtually anything low key and non-work related. As long as you give your mind a genuine rest from the tasks at hand, that’s what is truly important. Whatever you do, don’t think too hard about it. Just give yourself some rejuvenation and get ready for another Pomodoro! Time’s ticking.
Here are a few examples of what other Pomodoro users do on their short breaks, and some resources to inspire not only your breaks, but the rest of your workday: