Yesterday I mentioned going analog for my planning. Well, that’s still awesome, but today I tried to do something with one of my favorite digital tools.
It’s a timer app on my phone called Clockwork Tomato. It’s a Pomodoro Timer (for the Pomodoro Technique) that you can set up to remind you to get up and move at certain intervals.
I can usually only find deep focus for about an hour at a time, and I like to get up and stretch quite a bit, so I have MY custom little timer set up to go off every 19 minutes for a 1-minute stretch-and-drink-water break.
Every three rounds and I get a 15-minute break to stretch out on the floor, do some light exercise, go for a walk in the woods around the cabin, or read a little bit of a book — then I’m back at it!
I love the simplicity of the technique. It keeps me energized, focused, and limber. Most importantly, it gets me up out of the chair! Rhythms are important for more than gesture drawing, they’re essential for maintaining your health, posture, and energy.