Tuesday, June 26, 2012

If time is my enemy, here's my new friend

I've been remiss. It's been three months since I wrote a blog post. In that time, I've been focusing on a variety of things - including writing arts commentary and taking a great painting class with Quinton Bemiller.  That, combined with some part-time gigs, has left very few hours in the week for my creative pursuits.

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.


The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

"Pomodoro technique"?
Isn't that a hair style?
Whenever I want to management my time, I switch to Greenwich Meridian Time, then I start speaking with a British accent.
Sir Clockenspiel III

Barbara Watson said...

Great technique! And I love your writing box.

Laurie L Young said...

This is a great idea—especially keeping it in a box so you don't obsess on how much time is left. I have a timer that I end up staring at and stressing over. The box is an ingenious way to get around that. Thanks!

Megan Frances Abrahams said...

Thanks so much for reading, after all this time!

Frightfully good of you to comment, Sir Clockenspiel III. Cheers, old chap!

So nice of you to check in, Barbara!

Hi Laurie. Great to hear from you. Let's talk soon!