The Pomodoro Technique

I’ve recently been reading John Birmingham’s excellent (and very sweary) book ‘How to be a Writer’ and am really enjoying his practical, no nonsense advice.

Mostly though I have been intrigued by the very dedicated way he works. He manages to fit so much writing in his day thanks to the use of the Pomodoro Technique. This is a time management technique that works to keep you focused by separating your work time into thirty minutes lots. Essentially you work for 25 minutes and then rest for 5 minutes. You do this for 4 times and then you take a 15-20 min break. He does this all day long, everyday, with the exception of his lunch break.

I gave it a try over the past few days (while the kids are at school / daycare) and I have to say that I have gotten a lot done! It’s amazing how easy it is to stay focused for 25 minutes when you know you have a 5 minute break coming up. I found I was able to work steadily on my novel without the distraction of social media, or getting up to go and do some housework, with the timer on my phone keeping me in check. I think it’s also useful because you work in short bursts of time so you don’t have time to get bored. 25 minutes goes very fast when you get into the groove of it!

This is definitely a technique I will continue to use and will keep in the back of my mind for the next NaNoWriMo (yes, I’m already thinking of that!)

Do you use a time management technique to keep you on track too? I’d love to hear about it!

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