DO-BE-DOTs System - Balancing focus and rest

Aim: Throughout the working day we can benefit our body and mind by balancing work and rest. This helps us keep focus, break up stagnation, keep the body in working order, soothes eyes and prevent repetitive strain injury. It also reminds us to refresh our focus so we don't get tempted by low-priority tasks for too long.

What is a Do-Be-Dot?

A DO-BE-DOT is a unit of time, equal to 45 minutes.It is split as:

• 35 minutes ‘Doing’, where you are focused, without distraction, on an intentional task
• 10 minutes ‘Being’ where you are at rest, contrasting the task with something you’d like to do.

Therefore:

• ◕◕ = 90 minutes (1.5 hrs)
• ◕◕◕ = 135 minutes (2.2 hrs)
• ◕◕◕® = 18 minutes (3hrs). The 4th DO-BE-DOT is made into a ® DO-BE-DO (45 min rest) to allow you to have an extended break (of a total of 1 hr)
• A complete day is 6 hrs or 2 x DO-BE-DINS = DO-BE-DO-BE-DONE!
• A 9hr working day = DO-BE-DO-BE-DO-BE-DONE (Silly, I know, but fun to say after 9 hrs!)

Method (is based on Pomodoro):

1. TASKS: Go through your TO-DOs task list and guess how long it will take, by assigning clear, circular DO-BE-DOTS. If you think a task will take less time, just assign one dot and you will find bonus time appearing in your day later! Or it will allow you extra time to check for errors.
2. DESIGN THE DAY: As one DO-BE-DOT is 45 minutes and we can use this to design the day.
3. TIMER: Let’s start. Set up an egg timer or a phone timer. Turn off all distractions.
4. ACCOUNTING: After finishing a DO-BE-DOT grab a bit of paper and write the timings and what you ‘actually’ did in the time. This will help at the end of the day in seeing what you did and future time planning.
 10 min break idea - leave desk! 1hr min breaks - leave desk/room! Juggling ballDance to one songWalk (see the dog)Eat some fruit outside Play a song on guitarRead a few pages of a good bookStretch properly with bandHang from Chin-up barClose eyes / meditateWater Plants / Tidy up to music Food!Walk the dogSlacklining Cycle to shopsRead a whole chapterExercise regime HIIT sessionCall someone funOrganise BMScrabbleAnything on previous list, longer