For a number of years now I’ve worked out the best way for me to write is in short bursts. I used to try and do 45 minutes BIC (bum in chair) then 15 minutes away from writing – preferably out of the chair. As there is always housework to be done I’d often do that for the break. And lets be honest, knowing it’s only 15 minutes of housework makes it tolerable *grin*.
This technique (which I have always followed but didn’t know had a name) was developed by Francesco Cirillo. It’s essentially a time management skill where a timer is used to focus work into short sprints (his method recommends 25 minutes) followed by a short break. He called it Podomoro after a tomato-shaped timer he used to time his work.
For me this technique works brilliantly. I can stay focused for a short period of time knowing I get a break after that – and the deadline pushes me to have something to show for it.
At the moment I’m trying a different structure until I reach my daily minimum word count of 500 words. I spend 10 minutes planning what I’m writing (rereading previous pages, making notes etc) followed by a 20 minute sprint. I then take a 5 minute break from the computer (no screen time – I walk around and stretch), then do another 20 minute sprint. The last 10 minutes are spent making notes and taking another break. Either way, I’m still Pomodoring.
Have you hear of the Podomoro technique? Does it work for you or are you willing to give it a try? I’d love to hear others experiences with it.