Pomodoro Technique: Time Management on the 85K Writing Challenge #85K90

Developed by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique is an excellent method for managing time and increasing productivity during the 90-Day Write on the yearlong 85K Writing Challenge.

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Here’s how it works:

1 Pomodoro = 30 minutes
4 Pomodoros = 2 hours

  1. Set a kitchen timer to 25 minutes – and write. Write without distractions, without interruptions, without checking social media. You are seeking a state of “writer’s flow” during these 25 minutes.
  2. When the kitchen timer rings “done” at the 25-minute mark, reset the timer to 5 minutes – and take a break. Stand up, stretch, clear your mind. You have only five minutes to recharge and refresh because when the timer rings “done” at the 5-minute mark, you’re going back in, right away, for another Pomodoro.
  3. Repeat steps #1 and #2 until you have completed four rounds of Pomodoros. Four Pomodoros take exactly two hours to complete. When you’ve completed your fourth Pomodoro, take a 30-minute break to recharge and refresh before starting another round of Pomodoros.

Don’t have time for a set of four Pomodoros?

Do one. Or two. But whatever you do, if you’re seeking “writer’s flow” and want to train yourself for greater efficiency while writing, don’t let anything interrupt you during the 25-minute writing session.


Check out these Pomodoro extensions and apps for Google Chrome. Here’s a free desktop Pomodoro timer by Tomighty. Go here for a simple and easy to use TomatoTimer.

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The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.

Julie Valerie

Julie Valerie

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