I’ve found a technique that shows promise in beating my urge to fiddle around but not get any actual writing done – it’s called the Pomodoro Technique and involves a lot of sensible work organisation tips all put together.
You work for a solid 25 minutes – a pomodoro, from the red tomato kitchen timer the inventor first used – without getting distracted (switch off the phone and the inbox) then have a 5 minute break from work. Â You do all work inside these ‘pomodori’, including planning and reviewing the actual work you got done.
I’ve got a strange day of travelling tomorrow, but I’ll give it a try. Â I should be able to allocate day-job pomodori (should be 15 or 16 on a normal day) and writing pomodori (maybe just one a day to start with?) Â to keep things separate.
Read more about how I get on tomorrow evening.