I’m writing more lately, and that requires focus and attention. It’s easy to get distracted.
I had to dust off this old technique I learned in graduate school – the Pomodoro technique.
It’s very simple. Set a timer (I do 50 minutes) and then work until the timer goes off. Then, take a break and do whatever you want (I do 10 minutes).
I find that once I set the timer, I’m more inclined to sit and do the work, and often I can get into the flow.
There are lots of apps out there that have this feature built-in. Or you can do it manually.
I also like to have “do not disturb” on while I’m working to eliminate notifications.
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2 thoughts on “The Pomodoro Technique”
I’ve been doing something similar for the last few years, and I hadn’t even heard of the Pomodoro Technique when I initially started it up. I love knowing that I have a break coming up that I can reward myself with, even if it just means I can get up from my desk and unload the dishwasher lol.
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My eyes flit from my work to the timer, and it is fun to see there is only a few minutes left. That’s how I know I was in flow.