I am using the Pomodoro strategy for improving productivity and performance.
As a strength and conditioning coach my days a long hectic and involve a lot more desk work than I originally intended. I will typically spend a good 5hr's each day tapping keys, checking programs and keeping up with the general tedious admin work that goes along with running a business. Yes yes, I did buy myself a wingback chesterfield office chair for full evil villain effect I need an all-white cat now to complete the look. But even so, sitting for long periods leaves me feeling stiff and un mobile.
I first came across the Pomodoro strategy a few years ago and for those of you who don't know the Pomodoro Technique was invented in the early 1990s by the developer, entrepreneur, and author Francesco Cirillo. Cirillo named the system "Pomodoro" after the tomato-shaped timer he used to track his work as a university student. The methodology is simple: When faced with an enormous task or series of tasks, break the work down into short, timed intervals (called "Pomodoros") that are spaced out by short breaks. Choose a job 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). Then continue with another Pomodoro until the task is done.
Being self-employed, I have found this very useful at keeping me productive and on task giving me a structure to my days, allowing me to effectively work through and prioritise the never-ending amount of work.
I have taken the technique a step further by adding flexiblity, mobility and short walks to my breaks to keep me supple and ready to hit my training session in the evening with a minimal warm up. It also makes hitting those 10,000 steps a breeze I often end the day on more than double that.
I just generally stretch and move what feels tight, often shoulders and hips, especially hip flexors after sitting. If I hit 5hr's desk work, that means I'm also hitting 50mins of flexibility work each day.
Stay productive and stay supple.