The Important Thing Is to Stay Hydrated
The Pomodoro Technique is a method of breaking tasks into manageable chunks of time in order to focus and get more done, much like a sprint. The gist: choose an item on your to-do list, set a timer for 25 minutes, and complete as much as possible in that timeframe. After a 5 minute break, repeat the steps.
Whether we rise an hour before everyone else’s alarms go off, or scribble solely on our lunch breaks or on the train to work, many writers do some variant of this exercise. But setting a timer makes me anxious. I’m constantly aware of the seconds dwindling down. Aside from that, phones have snooze buttons that test our willpower, and twist-top kitchen timers force you to wing it for “just five more minutes”, which has never worked in the history of ever.
Luckily, you can use your own body as a ticking time bomb, without the dread or easy evadability of alarms, while checking off some self-care boxes too. Since two of the biggest problems writers face are not drinking enough water (guilty) and not uncroissanting their backs and stretching now and then (also guilty), I’ve created a revised system I like to call
THE PEEMODORO TECHNIQUE.
The rules are simple. Mostly because they grift the original almost entirely.
- Get your project together. No sense wasting precious minutes gathering notes when you don’t know how much time you have (literally and existentially).
- Down a pint of water.**
- Sit down and write. Nature will decide when your “timer” goes off.
Since there are no jarring buzzers to interrupt your rhythm and divert your attention, you can ease yourself into a gradual wrap-up. And there’s no snooze mechanism, unless you don’t mind a mess or blinding discomfort.
After taking care of business, lunge your way to the kitchen. Do some squats while filling up your next pint. Do some bicep curls with a hoagie in each fist. Then repeat the above.**
Now you can cross more things off your writing to-do list, flush the ol’ bladder, protect your quads from atrophy, and stay hydrated all with one easy formula. You’re welcome.
**And now, The Voice of Reason
I’m not a fucking doctor, okay. Though this is a perfectly good idea in my opinion, it’s also written partly in jest. Drinking excessive amounts of water — especially if you’re not eating properly — can lead to overhydration and seriously tax your kidneys. If you’re pissing clear; have headaches; feel confused, fatigued or irritable; or have cramps and muscle spasms, you may have hyponatremia, a dangerous dilution of the sodium content of your blood. This is nothing to fuck around with. The average woman should drink about five-and-a-half pints of water A DAY. Check out this page for more information. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, and for fucksake get a sandwich.
Thank you Septimiu from Pexels for the graphic.