With all of the distractions around us, staying focused requires some discipline, so the task workspace is there to help you create that discipline. The concept behind the workspace feature is based on the Pomodoro technique, but with some added customization. The main idea is to work in short bursts, with an even shorter break, and then do that a fixed number of times.
Since, for most people, it’s difficult to focus our conscious attention on one task for a long period of time, working in short bursts allows us to retain that limited focus on the task at hand, and the break gives us a bit of a breather. There are some trade-offs to consider and it’s up to you to experiment with the settings. You get to choose how much time you want to spend working on the task, how long your breaks are, and how many repetitions you do.
You don’t want the working bursts to be too short because there is an energetic cost to switching our conscious attention from a state of work to rest. You also don’t want the bursts to be too long, because your attention will drop to decrease after a certain point. Also, on a side note, when you are working on a goal that requires multiple different tasks, try not to jump back and forth between those tasks too often. The reason is because every time you switch your focus on a new task, it costs “energy.” In other words, there is an energetic cost when you experience a context switch. Often times this can dampen your productivity, so it may seem that you are doing a lot by doing multiple tasks, but in reality you’re reducing your efficiency.
The take away message here is twofold: figure out what makes you the most efficient and build that working discipline.
If you have any feedback on this feature or the app in general, please let me know. I want to make Entropic Pursuits as useful as possible!