I own a Pomodoro kitchen timer, like that one in the illustration. Maybe when I clean house, I'll find where the cat hid it. I am entering my third year as a published novelist, my fifth year of writing novels full time and all the sedentary work that has entailed. 2016 is the year when I seek to manage my job efficiently. Doing that involved breaking up the inactivity with active sessions. I'm turning to the Pomodoro Technique. I will strive to complete three Pomodoro full cycles a day, novel writing and one conducting business.
You can download Pomodoro Technique apps to help: The beauty of these online timers is that my cat cannot play with them and take them away from my desk. The Pomodoro app reminds you tho take a break every 25 minutes. You will find dozens of apps to choose from. I chose one that fits in the menu bar. I can click on it to see how much longer I am allowed to complete a task, and it reminds me to type faster.
Francesco Cirillo came up with the Pomodoro Technique during his first year of university. After realising he was getting distracted and not using his study time efficiently, he grabbed a tomato-shaped kitchen timer, set it for 10 minutes, and tried working solidly for those 10 minutes without doing anything else. And it worked—forcing himself to focus before rewarding himself with a break helped him get more done, even with the break time.
With more testing and tweaking, Cirillo settled on structured framework for what he called the Pomodoro Technique (named after the Italian word for "tomato," in reference to his original kitchen timer). In the final technique, he came up with, you use a timer to break your work into focused time blocks (usually 25 minutes) separated by a 5-minute break. After four consecutive working time blocks, take a longer break, around 15 or 20 minutes. It is best to wake those active blocks. This might be a great the house tidied up, in brief, sections of time.
Each 25-minute work block is called a "Pomodoro." Sessions that long, with short, active breaks, are great for writers.
Start a timer
Work until the timer rings
Take a short break
Every 4 Pomodoro (work periods) take a longer break
Total time is a Pomodoro Cycle, before taking a longer break that could be planned for lunch or supper time, are two hours. Three x two-hour sessions working on my writing and a two-hour session focused on the business of writing, at my work desk, and critiquing (coaching) fellow authors and reading completed at my treadmill desk, should bee an ideal set up for me.
The Pomodoro Technique might be something you’d like to try.
Guess what I'm doing in my Pomodoro time managed sessions, today?
I'm releasing my ninth novel. But, my Pomodero time management tool has brought me down to earth: Time to be active for five minutes hanging up some washing.