Everyone procrastinates, but it seems like it’s worse for writers. Even though I realize most writing-related procrastination comes from fear, I still find myself putting off important projects. I often find myself thinking, “What if the next paragraph I write takes the story in the wrong direction and the book is 100 percent ruined?”
Of course, when I sit down and make myself write, the words eventually start flowing. But even when they’re flowing, my mind automatically begins thinking of excuses to get me back on my feet again. Isn’t there a load of laundry that needs to be done? Maybe I should get something to drink.
Sometimes the best way to keep yourself on your butt, typing away, is to play a game with yourself. The Pomodoro Technique was developed in the 80s as a productivity tool. “Pomodoro” is Italian for tomato, which was the type of timer the inventor was using when he came up with it. Here are the steps you need to take to make the technique worked for you:
Write Down a Goal
With the Pomodoro Technique, you write down a list of goals you want to accomplish in the session, which is generally 25 minutes. For writers, this will probably be a word count goal instead of a list of tasks.
Set the Timer
You can use a standard kitchen timer or an app designed specifically for the technique. Set the timer and start writing. At the end of the time period, if you’ve reached your word count goal, you’re entitled to a break.
Set a Break Timer
The technique calls for a three- to five-minute break if you’ve achieved your goals. You can extend this if you choose, but make sure you set a timer so that you’re back in your seat at the end of the break. After four Pomodoro sessions, you can take a 15-20 minute break if you’re following the plan.You can adjust the times to find what works for you. The point is to make yourself continue working for the entire designated time. No checking Facebook, no blogging, and no opening the new email that pops up. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll get done.
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Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.
Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive.
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