NaPiBoWriWee 2011 Day Four – Bedtime Blog!
Good evening, my lovely NaPiBoWriWee writers! Yes. Day Four is almost OVER. Relax. You are halfway there. Day Four is really tough because some people just give up. Others start to question their sanity. Some folks wonder if National Picture Book Writing Week where we attempt to write 7 books in 7 days is really such a good idea. And the rest of you now HATE me. You have printed out my picture and are throwing rotten tomatoes at it, crying out, “Why did you encourage me to write 7 picture books in 7 days? I’ve had two hours of sleep, the kids are crying, and I fell asleep at work today!”
LOL! 🙂 Just kidding. I’m hoping everyone had a productive and FUN day with Book No. 4. And for those of you who are falling behind – DON’T DESPAIR! We are here to cheer you on! You can do it! Remember, it’s not about the end goal, it’s about the JOURNEY. 🙂
So tonight’s Bedtime Blog is on the short side because I know everyone’s exhausted. How can you make it through Days 5, 6, and 7? How about trying this? THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE.
(What’s the Pomodoro Technique? Keep reading after the jump to find out more…)
The Pomodoro Technique is a famous work-related time management technique in which you force yourself to work in 25-minute spurts with NO outside world interruption. You can focus on ONE thing in those 25 minutes, be it “I’m going to clean the bathroom in 25 minutes” or “I’m going to jog for 25 minutes” or “I’m going to write at least 250 words in 25 minutes for NaPiBoWriWee.”
All you need is a timer and a focused plan. Pick 25 minutes out your busy work or family day where you can write undisturbed for 25 minutes. Give yourself a specific writing goal, like “I will write the opening paragraph for my picture book” or “I’m going to figure out the main plot points for this book” etc. And then just go for it. Don’t do anything else, don’t let your mind water, just FOCUS for 25 minutes.
For more info on the Pomodoro Technique, go here: http://www.focusboosterapp.com/the-pomodoro-technique
From their website: “What is the Pomodoro Technique? The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s. It can be used for any kind of task and enables you to view time as a valuable ally in accomplishing what you want to do. The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals (referred to as “pomodoros”) separated by breaks and is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.”
“There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
• decide on the task to be done
• set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
• work on the task until the timer rings; record the task status
• take a short break (5 minutes)
• every four “pomodoros” take a longer break (15-20 minutes)”
So if you have time to do four “pomodoros,” go for it, and figure out four focused writing assignments you want to accomplish during that time. Or you can do what I do during my busy work day – I’ll think to myself, “As long as I have 25 minutes, I’ll have enough time to write SOMETHING.” That really takes the pressure off when I am especially swamped with work or other house errands. It keeps me from getting resentful about not having enough time to write. Because you ALWAYS have at least 25 minutes of free time each day for yourself. (And if you don’t, I will be very worried!)
I use this cool fun app that promotes the Pomodoro Technique. It’s helpful when I have a break at work for lunch or whatever and I want to write. I turn on the Focus Booster App and for 25 minutes, I just write. It’s been really helpful when I feel frustrated that I don’t have enough time to write.
Here’s the website: http://www.focusboosterapp.com/
Here are two pics of what it looks like on my computer screen. (Note: Yes, I have a goofy photo spread of my three cats on my computer screen – it’s of Beethoven & Charlotte coming home after getting fixed/neutered and Oreo looking confused. The Focus Booster is the black bar on the top left corner of the screen.)
So for those of you looking for new ways to manage your time during NaPiBoWriWee, try this Pomodoro Technique!
Sweet dreams, everyone! For this blog’s comments, I’m curious how you manage your time. How do you balance work/job and family/home duties with writing? How do you squeeze in the time to write?
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s GOOD MORNING blog where I discuss another writing craft issue, and another Guest Author blog at noon PST and of course tomorrow night’s Bedtime Blog. Tomorrow May 5th will feature Guest Author HOPE VESTERGAARD!
Until the next blog… HAPPY WRITING! WRITE LKE YOU MEAN IT!