The Pomodoro Technique

"I'm in my least favourite phase of this assignment right now," I said to Brett yesterday."Which phase is that?" "Everything from starting to finishing my first draft."

Starting is the hardest part. I don't know why, but I physically twist myself into a pretzel and make grunting noises when it's time to write and I've exhausted my procrastination routine.

Enter the Pomodoro technique.

It's a timer that buzzes after 25 minutes, gives you a break for 5 minutes, and then times 25 minutes again.

Just seeing how much I can accomplish in 25 minutes excites me. It's reframed the whole process. It makes my work feel like a race, and I am very competitive.

Before, if I would dedicate 8 hours to an assignment, only about 3 hours were actual productive time. With this technique, I hope to spend the 3 hours consecutively, and then go have fun without feeling guilty.

Here's the website for the Pomodoro

I'm interested, how do you get things done? Leave me a comment, and maybe I'll try your technique next!

Oh, and here's the guy who introduced me to this Pomodoro thing.