Tick Tock Time Management: A Simple Tool for Getting Writing Done

By Jennifer Blanchard

There are countless ways to get your writing done. But one really effective way is to write in short (or longer) bursts of time.

You would do this by choosing a specific amount of time you want to spend writing. For example, 30 minutes or 60 minutes or even 10 minutes.

Then you would sit down and write until the amount of time you chose has passed.

After that you can either take a break, start another writing session or be finished for the day. That’s all based on your writing schedule.

Now there’s an online tool making this method even easier for you: The Tick Tock Timer.

Created by the guys behind the “Pun Intended” blog, this tool is just the thing you need to make your writing sessions more effective.

Here’s how I recommend you use this timer, but the guys recommend 20 additional ways you can use it, too.

  • Pick a specific amount of time.
  • Set the Tick Tock Timer for the time you chose.
  • Start writing.
  • Keep writing.
  • No distractions allowed.
  • Do not stop until you hear the gong.
  • Take a break, reward yourself and move on with your day (unless you have time for another short session).

Pretty simple. Pretty effective.

And since you’re only writing for a short amount of time, it’s easier to stay focused and block distractions out. Knowing you only have 10 minutes (or 30 minutes or whatever time you choose) to write before you can go do something else makes the process painless.

How has the Tick Tock Timer helped you get your writing done?

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. For more great writing tips, articles and information, follow her on Twitter.


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