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Keyboard Shortcuts

  • SPACE   Start or Stop the timer
  • ALT + P  Productivity Time
  • ALT + S  Short Break
  • ALT + L  Long Break
  • ALT + R  Reset Timer

27 Things to Do During Your 5-Minute Pomodoro Break

When people first begin using the Pomodoro Method, one of the first questions that often pops up is, "What do you do in the 5 minute Pomodoro break?" It's a great question to ask about the short Pomodomoro break, and we hope to give you some quality ideas about what you should do during your 5-minute study break. If you have some good ideas on how to spend this time, you're much more likely to make these short breaks effective to help you rejuvenate so when you do go back to your main project, you have the energy you need.

One important thing to remember is that this short break is meant to be a break. The key here is you should spend the time doing something completely different than what you had been doing. You want to give your mind and body a break from what you have been doing to refresh both so that when you go back, you're ready to tackle the project full of energy. You don't want to do something that's too similar to your main task during your short break since this won't actually give you a break from that task. Below you'll find a list of what you can do on a Pomodomoro break.

  • Create a 5-minute stretch routine
  • Take a short walk
  • Do breathing exercises
  • Do a quick 5-minute clean-up
  • Make yourself a snack
  • Make yourself a drink
  • Go outside and soak in the sun
  • Create a quick yoga routine
  • Do some calisthenics
  • Listen to a motivational song
  • Juggle
  • Work on a fun hobby
  • Do a quick sprint
  • Do some food preparation for dinner
  • Declutter your space
  • Shred papers
  • Organize
  • Take out the trash
  • Change that lightbulb that's needed changing (or any other small task that needs doing)
  • Meditate
  • Clean your junk drawer
  • Fold laundry or throw a load of laundry into the washer
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Put food out for birds
  • Water plants
  • Clean your phone and glasses
  • Go to the bathroom

These are just a few ideas of what can be done during your short 5-minute Pomodoro break and this list is far from being comprehensive. It should, however, give you some good ideas to get your creative juices flowing so that you can come up with the perfect activity for your Pomodoro short breaks. Finding a few quality ways to spend your 5-minute breaks from your main task can go a long way to helping you ultimately complete your task goals.

If you have an activity that you do during your short breaks that we haven't listed above that you believe that others would benefit from knowing about, please take a minute to contact us so that we can add it to our list. The more ideas we can give for those looking for things to do during their short Pomodoro breaks, the more likely they will be able to come up with the best break activities for themselves.