Are you one of those efficient creatures who starts a task and sees it to completion before embarking on the next project? If you bake a cake do you clean up the dishes before sitting down to a cup of tea? If you are writing do you finish the chapter before getting up to make a cup of tea and rummage around in the pantry for some chocolate?
Or are you like me? A doer of half done, half finished, half started and (sometimes) half thought through? This is where I hope that the Pomodoro Technique will be of use to me.
Have you heard of this technique? I hadn’t until it was mentioned on ‘Writers in the Storm’ but, given my obvious deficiencies, I looked into it. Basically, you choose a task, set a timer for twenty-five minutes and focus only on that task until the timer goes. When it does go, take a five minute break – make a coffee, do star jumps, change the kitty litter – then get back to it for another twenty-five minutes. These intervals are called Pomodoro and after four Pomodoro you can take a longer break. For a more detailed explanation of the technique click here.
My plan is to use this tool to improve my use of time, specifically my writing time. Between the kids, the husband and everything else that goes along with that, I need to prioritise my writing when I have the chance to do it. So, no more stopping mid-sentence to make a cuppa for me…
What time efficiency tools do you use?