Howdy, howdy! How is everyone’s year going so far? I’ve been fairly productive in getting ready to dive back into revisions in a serious manner. I read through the revisions thus far, made sure I knew where I was going with things, and reviewed the plot to come. But I admit that it’s a daunting task to sit down and seriously work on the story. That’s why I’ve been looking into different variations of writing stints/time management methods. I thought I would ramble on about a few of my options today, since I have nothing else to write about.
For a while, a friend and I did a couple of hour long stints a day (or when we were both writing at the same time). In other words, we’d check in with each other with our goals for our stints that day, write (or revise or blog or whatever we needed to do) for an hour, take a short break to check in and rest, then repeat the last two steps until we met our goals or were exhausted. That method worked for me. It helped me concentrate and reporting in with said friend helped hold me accountable. Unfortunately, life gets in the way of these things and makes it impossible for us to do this at the moment. And, honestly, I don’t know if I could keep up that kind of momentum on my own. An hour is a long time. That’s why I’ve been looking at other options.
One of the most popular options for time management seems to be the Pomodoro Technique. Yes, it means tomato. Supposedly, the guy who started it used a tomato shaped timer. In this one, you select a task and work for 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break, and repeat 4 times, after which you take a 15 minute break then start all over again until you’re done. It sounds useful and there are tons of apps to use that will help with my accountability issues. I might try this.
Some of my other friends have recently started doing a 15 minute stint followed by two half hour stints and another 15 minute stint to finish up. They take short breaks between each stint to check in with each other as well. It’s a method they found on Twitter through Leigh Bardugo. Our writing schedules just don’t mesh, so I haven’t been able to join them, but it seems like a helpful style. Maybe live tweeting progress during breaks could even work for me. Or at least posting progress on my private Facebook page. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to publicly announce how slow I am.
Anyway, this is all to say that I need to start doing stints again. I’ll probably try my old way on my own for a while. If that fails, I’ll try the Pomodoro Technique. What about you? Do you have any time management tips? What do you do to get yourself on track? Feel free to share your thoughts, methods, or comments here or on my social media pages!