Sitting is considered by doctors as the new smoking. The more you sit, the more you are lowering your chances of a long and healthy life. But that is a not possible for writers. We sit for long hours in front of our computers.
So what is the solution?
That is where the Pomodoro technique comes to your rescue.
Pomodoro technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student. (as explained in Wikipedia)
Stretch, walk about, do deep breaths, do whatever that will help your body to relax during the breaks.
The output of this technique is unbelievable. I use this technique regularly while I write or blog. Your productivity can increase manifold if you create a distraction-free environment during these sessions.
I have written 1000 words per session using this technique. Just imagine how many sessions can you squeeze in a day!
Because of this technique, I am able to cross off most of the items on my to-do list.
There are Pomodoro apps you can download. Or you can use the timer on your computer or phone or watch.
How can you write more using this technique?
- Before you start, plan what you will write during the session. Make notes about the post/scene you are going to write.
- Switch off the internet, so that you are not distracted during the session with pings, emails or social media notifications.
- Stop when the timer goes off. This will be helpful to make you remain in the flow even after the session ends.
- Take a break and resume writing in a fresh new session.
I have completed writing a novella within a month using this technique. That too while blogging, doing my household chores, reading, exercising and looking after a naughty 8-year-old.
I don’t spend hours staring at the blank screen thinking about what to write anymore. When I sit in front of my laptop, I have a note in front of me which will guide me. All I have to do is to expand the ideas.
Have you tried the Pomodoro technique?
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