This is how it works:
- Get a timer.
Pomodoro timer plugins are available for mobile apps, browser extensions, and other applications.
Of course, a classic kitchen timer works perfectly for the purpose, too.
- Set the timer for 25 minutes and write.
Ignore all the distractions and grammatical mistakes; don’t edit, re-read, check Internet, or make tea. Just write.
- Take a 5-minute break.
Even if you’re in the zone and want to keep going, stop writing. Do something like taking a walk, cleaning a room, or doing dishes. I even challenge you not to use the short break to check your email or phone. Get away from your desk and stretch your legs.
- Repeat the step 2-3. After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15-30 minutes)
You may be thinking, “I cannot write with a timer going!” This is just one way to write. You don’t have to try it if the timer gives you too much anxiety, but if you do, you may be surprised to see the result.
Blocking time creates sharper focus and boosts productivity for your brain. My writing teacher uses the method when the dreaded writer’s block pays a visit. She sets her own cycle though. She writes for 15 minutes, takes a 5-minute break, and repeats. At the fourth cycle, she keeps going until she finishes. “It works every time like a charm,” she smiled. Are you ready to try the Pomodoro Technique? Set! Go!