Friday, February 22, 2013

The Pomodoro Technique and Revision

Are there any techniques you like to use to stay on task?

During NaNoWriMo, I did a lot of writing sprints with fellow writers on Twitter to reach my writing goal. It worked very well for me since I worked with other people, but it helped me focus. I'm now in the wide world of revisions (again). This time, I might try something similar in the next part of the writing process.

I started to listening to Sara Zarr's podcast series This Creative Life in the past few weeks, and as I took my walk to help with my back pain today, I learned about the Pomodoro Technique from Sara's guest Mark Pett. It is similar to writing sprints (write for 30 minutes with a 15 minute break in between), but instead the technique requires work for 25 minutes, with 3-5 minute breaks in between. At the fourth interval, you take a longer 15-30 minute break.

I'm an Android user so I went to the Google Play store and discovered plenty of Pomodoro apps and am going to download a few to decide which ones I like more. I don't need anything to intricate and decided to go with Pomodroido. I think having something mobile, and not on the computer, could possibly work outside of the office.

Next week is going to be the big experiment so stay tuned!

Natasha

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