I want to share the following article, because the relaxation technique is very quick and simple, yet surprisingly effective. It’s a basic technique that’s also used in yoga and self-hypnosis.
In fact, I am doing a kind of experiment in which I try to break down the tasks I want to do into chunks of 15-20 minutes, and do the progressive relaxation technique afterwards. This strategy has been quite effective for me so far, but it’s still very experimental at the moment, so I cannot draw any definite conclusions from this approach, other than it feels good and I appear to be more productive. Actually, this approach is not too different from the Pomodoro technique, which is also supposed to be pretty effective (because it alternates 25 minutes of focused concentration on a task with 5 minute or longer breaks).
You may want to test some of these techniques. They are after all pretty simple, but have at least the potential to be very effective. If you have had experiences with those techniques, please feel free to share them in this thread.