When piecing a quilt at home or on retreat, it's easy to find ourselves sitting for long periods of time without realizing it. The same thing happens when using the computer or iPad for hours at a time. We enjoy what we're doing, but we don't realize how long we have been just sitting. I don't know about you, but all that sitting makes me tired and wears me out!
I have always had my ironing board and cutting table away from my sewing machine just to force me to get up every now and then. I do this at retreats too. Since I've been spending a lot of time at the studio recording videos and writing lessons for my online workshops, I find myself sitting even more.
Recently I've started using the Pomodoro Technique for breaking up work sessions to include short breaks. It really is simple. You set a timer for 25 minute and work for 25 minutes. This is called a pomodoro. After that, set the timer for 5 minutes and take a 5 minute break. Do three pomodoros and your next break is 15 minutes. This short video shows how an illustrator uses the Pomodoro Technique in his work.
I had heard of this several years back but the idea of twisting that little timer all day wasn't something I wanted to do. But guess what? Yes, there's an app for that. Matter of fact there are TONS of apps for that. I chose one with a green tomato timer icon that works just fine.
If I look at the screen before the pomodoro is over, it says “Pomodoro is still running. Focus!”. I love that. Sometimes you won't want to take a break, but just do it. I drink a lot of water all day so my short breaks consist of visiting the ladies room and logging about 500 steps on my step counter. For my longer breaks I do stretching exercises. I feel so much better during the day and I actually get a lot more done.
Try this at your job and for other activities at home such as cleaning house, paying bills or doing laundry. You might find yourself being more productive and feeling better at the end of the day.
Here are a few things I use to make myself more comfortable while sewing for long periods