The cure for back pain and procrastination.

I started using the pomodoro technique to lessen ongoing issues with my back.

It worked well, as did sitting on a wedge.

It also brought about additional benefits I hadn’t expected.

Here’s how it works.

  • I use the fab Tadam app for Mac (there’s plenty of others out there, or you could just use an egg timer, your phone, etc.).

  • Set the timer for 25 minutes, and get to work.

  • When the timer goes off, stand up and take a break.

My back definitely benefits from not being sat in the same position for hours on end, but here’s the unexpected benefits…

  • Reduced ‘working from home anxiety’: It can be tough working from home. Sitting at your laptop, chatting to clients, while Rome burns around you (washing machines to be unloaded and reloaded, carpets to be hoovered, dogs to be let our for their ablutions). I use the breaks as a chance to keep on top of these things, so I benefit from working from home, but I’m still primarily working from home.

  • Making better use of my time: We all know time is valuable, yet we all waste so much of it. Knowing there’s only 25 minutes on the clock really focusses the mind. What’s the most valuable thing I can get done in the next 25 minutes? And go!

  • Avoiding wasting time: I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve returned to my laptop, only to realise what I was working on wasn’t the most logical way of getting things done, or (more often than I would like to admit) that I was actually just completely wasting my time. That break forces you to reevaluate what you’re doing, saving countless wasted hours.

Gareth K Thomas