Enter my new best friend - a cheerful kitchen timer I bought at my favorite store, Anthropologie. It has a classic face and a magnetic base which could be useful in the kitchen, but I'm using it to borrow an hour from the day to focus without distraction on my WIP.
A while ago, someone from the Westside Writer's Schmooze told me about the Pomodoro technique - a time management method based on using a tomato shaped kitchen timer to schedule work. I couldn't find a sturdy tomato timer, so I got this instead.
The ticking is a little loud, so while I write, I keep it in a wooden writing box my son Shane gave me:
Knowing I'm a fan of W. Somerset Maugham, Shane lined the box with pages from an old copy of The Razor's Edge.
When the bell rings, I'm usually surprised it's already been an hour.
It may be silly to play these time management games, but it's a helpful tool. What tricks do you have for getting it done?
BTW - Here's a link to my art reviews in WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art.