I have recently started using the pomodoro technique to help with my writing. This leads to two obvious questions

  1. What is the pomodoro technique?
  2. How’s it working?

Well, the pomodoro technique basically says you work on a single task for 25 minutes, keeping focused on it, then you take a five minute break. The name comes from a tomato shaped kitchen time the creator used to keep himself on task. It’s got enough whimsy to make me want to try it, and it’s both simple and practical. The contention is that the technique will keep you on track, and that the five minute breaks actually make it easier to drop back into creative mode.

As to how it’s working… it works great for me. I don’t know if it will work for everyone, but from my perspective it’s a very, very practical solution to the problem of how to maintain momentum. By being more defined I don’t wander off and start watching old episodes of Buffy (also I’m introducing my girlfriend to Buffy right now, so I only watch when we are together… but that’s beside the point). Anyway, I don’t know if it works for everyone, but it’s great for me.

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