Pomodoro and Practice

A Walk In The Woods

A Walk In The Woods

MT. HOOD, OR

September 30, 2015 12:29 PM

As I walked, I did what I often do when I want to commune with my Beloved: I took mental videos.

I’ve been working hard on the book’s outline—well, hard for me at least—and have been using the Pomodoro Technique—25 minutes of work, 5 minute break, repeat—as kind of an experiment in productivity.

Upon hearing of this technique, my mind immediately quashed the idea saying (in its best Yoda voice), “No. Don’t trydo. Pomodoro is too structured, that’s not how a Mystic works. A Mystic flows with the Force.”

But I’m all about experience—and I really don’t care much for my mind—so I tried it anyway.

And I was surprised. What wasn’t apparent in my mind’s pompous, I-know-what’s-best attitude, is that those little “forced” five minute breaks are powerful:

  • They annoyingly interrupt your flow (being in the zone). During the break, you want to get back to work.
  • But because you took a break, you have a lot more energy and don’t burn out as fast (thus getting more done in the same amount of time).
  • Best, the breaks give you a chance to plan your next steps, flesh out ideas, and (as I often do) clear my mind and get in touch with Her.

So when the little timer on my phone goes off signaling a break (I use this app), I close my laptop, step out of the van and go for a little five minute walk.

And during that walk, I commune with Her by, as I mentioned above, becoming a mental videographer and using my vision like a video camera—recording the beauty and wonder of TaoGodHer manifest as all the little things in this world.

Bonus Benefit: The “mental videographer” exercise will make you a better photographer, painter, and/or poet too.

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