Alexander Technique for the Computer User: An Overview — 5 Comments

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  2. May I add something that is comparable to this relaxation technique.
    It is something that goes by the name of the Pomodoro Technique when managing time spent working at a desk with or without a computer.
    That is to work in short bursts either 25 or 50 minutes. Taking a 5 or 10 minute break after each one. Then after 3 or 4 hours take a much longer break.
    In these break times do nothing like checking Facebook or any other social tool. By all means relax by lying down as stated here. Do things like load/unload the washing machine etc. trivial tasks that need little or no thought.
    I also use this method to alternate with standing and sitting at my desk. I have a sit/stand desk where I can change the height of the work surface.
    If anyone is wondering way it is called the Pomodoro technique, the pioneer of this method used a kitchen timer for the 25/50 durations. The timer resembled a Pomodoro tomato apparently.
    There are apps available for both MS Windows and Apple Mac that can prompt you to take breaks.

    • Thanks so much for the information. I have heard of the Pomodoro technique, but wasn’t exactly sure what it was. This sounds like a perfect complement to my other recommendations. I think getting up away from the screen and moving around intermittently makes a lot of sense. Really appreciate the information. And the apps sounds like a great tool, too. I will check them out.

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