My name is Alex, and I have a problem.
I love writing, but hate editing.
And my habits have me buried in paper constantly.
I reckon I have an entire library’s worth of short stories, novel chapters, advertisements, articles and product ideas scrawled on bits of paper. Now I’m behind the curve, trying to turn these wretched drafts into something useful.
It’s painful work.
I don’t want to do it.
So I force myself – using the “pomodoro technique. ”
If you have any work which you’re putting off, this can probably help you too.
What you do is set yourself a strict 25-minute time slot to focus on one thing. During your ‘pomodoro’ you are not allowed to do anything other than the task at hand. But in 25 minutes, however much you’ve managed, you stop.
You take a break.
You do something different, then go back and do another.
When I look at my piles of creative work from the past 10 years, I am honestly staggered. It seems impossible that so many hours of difficult, creative problem solving could have been accomplished.
I don’t consider myself spectacular.
And I’m not always known to be hard working.
But if there’s one thing I have noticed – and lived by – it’s that consistency will get you a long way. Putting in the occassional marathon work session will not get you nearly as far as consistently moving the needle a little more each day.
Thanks to the “pomodoro technique” that paper pile is almost clear.
And there’s a good deal of value buried amongst this clutter, let me tell you.
So what are you putting off?
Why not force yourself through a few “pomodoro’s” and see what’s waiting for you on the other side.
If you need more help arranging your day, I’ve put together a useful system – explained in full here.
I’ve had creative people tell me this method changed their entire perspective on work. And it will help you pick the perfect moments to ‘pomodoro that mofo.’