I have been struggling with time management since my retirement in July 2011. After 35 years of being on a demanding schedule, I was suddenly free to NOT plan anything at all. And I haven’t done a very good job of much of anything! Then I had a minor surgery which has allowed me (forced me) to not do anything again. Well, you know how one blog leads to another etc.? I discovered The Writing Sisters and a simple time management tool that I am so excited to try. I just had to share because it makes so much sense and seems doable. Stop by their blog and see what they are up to!
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system developed by Francesco Cirillo who based his theory on the normal productive work span of a human being and Francesco’s kitchen timer — which was a large red tomato (pomodoro in Italian).
We have used the system this fall as we have collaborated on our books. It has been especially help over the holidays when time is so stretched. It is so simple:
- Set the timer for 25 minutes.
- Work until the bell goes off.
- Take a five minute break.
Some days I feel like I can’t complete an entire chapter or even a page. When I think about just writing for the next twenty-five minutes, I can do that.
By breaking down our work into manageable chunks we conserve our energy and are more likely to keep working.
At the end of the day when we’re tired and ready to pack…
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