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:
- 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.
- Start Pomodoro session one
Put on the record, drop the needle and get to work.
- 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.
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.