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  1. Tamara McRill
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    I’m not sure if this would up my productivity or drive me nuts (totally depends on the timer’s buzzer). Worth a try though–I’ll let you know how it goes.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Tamara, your comment certainly brought a smile to my face. I can see how this could drive someone crazy, but I’m telling you, every single day that I use this method, I get far more work done, so it certainly works for me. I’ve love to hear your thoughts after you give it a try. I can tell you for sure, that nothing works for everyone, so if this one doesn’t work for you, I’d love to hear about what you do to boost your writing productivity!

      Rebecca

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      • Marge Brown
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        Rebecca, Thank you for sharing this technique. I’m going to try this immediately and will let you know how it works. Going out later to get a cool timer for further inspiration.

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        • Rebecca Livermore
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          Marge,

          You’re very welcome! You’ll have to let me know what kind of timer you get. You may as well get a timer that makes you smile!

          Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it!

          Rebecca

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  2. Shawn
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    Interesting process. It sounds like something that will really help people get focused on their work better.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Thanks for dropping by, Shawn. I’d love to hear about it if you give it a try. 🙂

      Rebecca

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  3. Marie Anne
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    Tips? Productivity?

    I’ve read lots of tips on how to manage writing time, and they probably all work. The hangup is implementing any of them.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Marie Anne, you are so very right! This is true of everything in life. The challenge certainly is doing what we know to do.

      One thing that I’ve learned is that I need to sometimes rotate what I do. For instance, I may use the Pomodoro Technique for a month and then do something else to change things up a bit and then come back to the Pomodoro Technique.

      Accountability definitely helps me to implement whatever technique I’m using at any given time, because I’m prone to slack off. A good friend I can be honest with often provides the kick in the pants that I need.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Rebecca

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  4. Eddie Gear
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    Rebecca, Right now, I dont have any tips. I am thinking about purchasing Darren’s new book.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      That could be good, Eddie, though I must say that you do a good job with your blog already, so I think you are just modest when you say you don’t have any tips. 🙂

      Rebecca

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      • Eddie Gear
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        Alright 🙂 You got me. Here is one thing that I do and feel that helps be productive.

        I have a small alarm clock on my workstation that goes off evey half an hour which means, its time for me to take a walk around the house. Every 4 th alarm ring, I need to get a nutritious drink. These are very short five minute breaks that you can take from what ever you are doing to to make sure that you dont over exert yourself. This works like a charm, especially when you have a regular day job apart from your blog.

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        • Rebecca Livermore
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          Hahaha, Eddie! I knew it! The funny thing is, you are basically using the Pomodoro Technique — short breaks after every 30 minutes and a reward or longer break after 2 hours. I definitely find that getting up and moving around after a half an hour helps tremendously, though I usually do some type of housework — some little task like unloading the dishwasher or taking out the trash. That way all those little chores get done as the day goes on, but they still feel like a break to me because they get me up away from the computer and give my mind a break.

          Thanks for sharing, Eddie!

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  5. Theresa Leschmann
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    That is an interesting concept. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Thanks for stopping by, Theresa! What are some of the things that you’ve found to help you out the most when it comes to being a more productive writer?

      Rebecca

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  6. Cheryl Pickett
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    I know many people recommend starting your day by getting your most important business related tasks done and saving other stuff like email, social media, housework for later.

    What I have found to generally work for me though is the opposite. If I check through email, interact on social media and sometimes do house related stuff like paying bills, first, I am better able to concentrate on work like writing or appointments.

    I think there are two reasons for this. First, when I do all that stuff first, I’m not as distracted by wondering what’s there to read/address and trying to override that curiosity and do something else.

    Next, my most productive time for writing etc. seems to be late afternoon early evening. My guess about this is it’s because that’s what my body/brain is accustomed to. When I started as a freelancer I was working full time too so I had to go to meetings for example and then write the articles all in the evenings. I guess it became habit and now trying to write etc. earlier just feels odd.

    So short story long, 🙂 I guess my productivity tip is if you seem to have a productive routine, try to stick to it rather than forcing something artificial. If you don’t have one yet, then trying something like the method you suggest here might help you establish one that works.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Cheryl,

      You make some excellent points here. I think we each have to determine what works best for us, not just in methods, but when it comes to the time of day. My husband is most productive late at night, but I’m pretty well useless late at night.

      I find things like social media, replying to blog comments, etc. are relaxing to me, so I do them when I take a break from more focused work. (Like right now, I’m taking a break before starting on more client work.) So I sprinkle these breaks throughout the day.

      For me personally, doing the most important things first is crucial because I tend to lose steam as the day goes on. Obviously, afternoon works better for you, which I think is great. The main thing is to figure out your optimal times and methods and then do your best to be consistent with them.

      Thanks a million for stopping by, Cheryl! I hope you have a great day.

      Rebecca

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  7. Donna Merrill
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    I love the Pomodoro Technique! I have been using it for a year now and EVERYTHING you said in your post is so true! It really works. As all new things we apply, the more you use it, it becomes second nature.
    Thank you for spreading the word about this. I am sure this will be a help to many people.
    Donna Merrill

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Donna,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad to know that you’ve found the Pomodoro Technique helpful. When I first read about it, I was a little doubtful, but when I actually tried it, I was amazed by the difference it made in terms of my focus and productivity.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Rebecca

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  8. Meagan P - Sunshine and Sippy Cups
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    This is SUCH a great idea. I’m sharing with one of my groups – and am going to try this tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Meagan,

      I’m really glad you found this helpful. Thanks so much for sharing this with one of your groups.

      I’m glad you’ll be giving it a try. Be sure to let me know how it goes. It may take a little getting used to, but it’s amazing how much you can get done when you’re focused, so I think you’ll find it beneficial!

      Rebecca

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  9. Weekly Bloggertunities – 3/22
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    […] Pomodoro Technique: This is a really cool idea, and I’m going to start using this to help me be more productive in short bursts. Let me know what you think, and if it works well for you – How to Increase Blogging Productivity using the Pomodoro Technique. […]

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  10. Nils
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    Nice summary of the PomodoroTechnique. I like to see how useful it is for blogging, too. What I really love about the technique is, that you get time tracking for free while doing at.

    Being a software developer this is just awesome. Very useful in a freelancing context and also for agile methods like Scrumm. It helps to improve your time estimation for your business tasks.

    I also did build a Pomdoro App, it’s called PomodoroEasy and can be found here: http://www.pomodoroeasy.com
    Just sign up, it is free. I really would appreciate your feedback.

    Cheers,
    Nils

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Nils,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      I took a look at your website, and it looks like a great option for those who use the Pomodoro technique. I will definitely check this out further and give it a try, because it really looks helpful.

      Thanks so much for letting me know about your app.

      Best to you,

      Rebecca

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  11. Denise Wakeman
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    There’s a cool desktop and online app called Focus Booster that is a timer based on the Pomodoro Technique. http://www.focusboosterapp.com/

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Denise, I’m really glad you mentioned this, because I LOVE Focus Booster! I’ve used it a lot with my writing and also with the VA work I do to help me get things done, keep track of time, etc. I don’t use it all the time, but I’m definitely more productive when I do!

      Looking forward to our call in just a bit!

      Rebecca

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