Most creative people will take your head off if you butt in while they are “flowing.”
But that’s exactly what the Pomodoro technique does, a popular time management trick designed to boost your productivity.
The concept is simple: set a kitchen timer for 25 minutes and work until it rings. Then take a short break.
Eugene Schwartz swore by a similar method. He gunned for 33.33 minutes (not sure how he managed the .33 part given he wasn’t using a digital clock — I guess he eyeballed it).
During those 33 plus minutes he could do anything he wanted: stare out the window, drink coffee, drool on his wrist, or write the ad he needed to write.
The hitch? He couldn’t leave his seat.
The hope was he’d get so bored he’d just write. And soon enough that’s what would happen.
And now, fortunately, the recommended burst of focus time is getting longer. And that’s a good thing.
In this 5-minute episode of Rough Draft, host Demian Farnworth discusses:
- The rule of 52 and 17 (it’s random, but is supposed to up your productivity)
- How resumption lag ruins productivity
- Why it’s important to find a rhythm that fits your disposition
- And more!
Rough Draft on iTunes