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Discussion on: How do you take breaks throughout the day?

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Robin Kretzschmar

I tried various things like pomodoro timers, screen timeout software and other techniques.

What worked for me in the end is a combination of the following:

  • get up at the same time and start working at the same time every day I work from home
  • Only have coffee on my desk. Need to walk to the kitchen for a glass of water regulary
  • Doing laundry (starting the washing maschine after getting up and setting an alarm for when it is done). => I need to put the laundry in the tumble dryer then, so this means another screen break
  • preparing my meal ~1h before I take my lunch break or if it can't pre prepared, going early for lunch and cook. No ordering food
  • Eating in the kitchen and not at my desk (this one is important)
  • Going for a cup of coffee with friends during the day (if possible to arrange with schedule)
  • Walking through the room during meetings and if it involves screensharing, I try to stand during the call and not to sit. Makes it easier to walk away for a couple of minutes right after hanging up.