Now how is this going to help me be more productive? Doesn’t taking a break every 25 minutes mess with my focus? Wouldn’t it be better if I just sat down for 3 hours until I was done?
Well without getting into too much of it, it will undoubtedly help, no it will not mess with your focus, and no sitting down for 3 hours will not necessarily make you more productive.
I am sure at this point you have heard that staying up late to finish working on something is not as good as getting to bed and finishing with a fresh brain after a good night of sleep.
Well, consider the 5-minute break in between your focused work, a nap for the brain. You are not literally napping, but you are giving your brain an opportunity to stop focusing, and allowing it to roam free.
With this small break you are doing two things; 1. you are giving your brain an opportunity to break from the taxing work of staying focused and 2. you are giving yourself permission to do the things your brain wants to do like check your phone, scroll Facebook, stand up and stretch etc.
By resisting the temptation to check email or your phone every 2 minutes by giving yourself permission to do it only during your 5-minute break, the nagging pull of your device will fade knowing that in just a few minutes you can scratch the itch.