The vinyl Pomodoro technique

I’ve been collecting vinyl for several years now. A while back, I started experimenting with the Pomodoro Technique and I made the connection that most vinyl records are broken down into two 20 to 30 minute segments. So I started to use vinyl records to keep track of Pomodoro sessions. Obviously this isn’t as exact as using a 25 minute timer, but I think it’s more enjoyable. The ritual of flipping the records also helps to encourage the transition from one pomodoro to the next. Here’s how the Vinyl Pomodoro technique works:

  1. First you have to pick the right album
    I try to pick music that doesn’t have any vocals or any distracting noises or crescendos. Usually I’ll go with something electronic or classical like Tycho or Bach.
  2. Start Pomodoro session one
    Put on the record, drop the needle and get to work.
  3. Take a five minute break
    Once Side A is over (roughly 25 minutes) and you hear that inner-groove looping, it’s time to take a five minute break.
  4. Repeat
    Repeat the 25 minute pomodoro sessions 4 times and then take a longer 15-20 minute break. I can usually make it through four or five records per day, so this is also a great way for me to spin through a lot of my vinyl collection.