At the weekend I attended the Scattered Authors Society conference in Peterborough. It was a brilliant and inspiring weekend. I caught up with old friends, made some new ones and felt honoured to be among such a talented group of children’s writers.
There were great talks on everything from the editing process by the brilliant Lee Weatherly to how to get the best from blogging and Twitter by the ‘crabbit old bat ‘herself, Nicola Morgan (who is very lovely and uncrabbity in real life).
Ever heard of it? No, neither had we...
When the 25 minutes is up, you set the timer for a five minute break, in which you can do all of the above. Then you set the timer for another 25 minutes and get cracking again.
As Jacob said, even the most addicted sadsack can stay focused for 25 minutes.
I tried this today and I can tell you that it is a brilliant method. I think I got more work done than I have for ages and I really stuck to it. The shame of not being able to concentrate for a measly 25 minutes acts as a great deterrant.
Others have found the stopwatch function on their iPhone to work as well and even on your desktop computer there is bound to be some function of this kind.
I have to admit to being a bit tempted to buy a proper pomodoro shaped timer...
But if I decide to go for it, I’ll make sure I do my browsing during a five minute break.