Take 25. Then take 5.

There’s something about breaking work up into time chunks. When I have a certain amount of time for a project, I focus more and seem to get more done. I think it’s because I know there will be a break or even a reward after a certain amount of time.

I came across a technique that I used this past week that seems to work well. It’s called the Pomodoro Technique created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. Essentially, you work on something for a period of 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. It seems pretty elementary but I was surprised at how much I concentrated on what I was doing, knowing that I would get a 5 minute break no matter where I was in the process. It’s important to be disciplined about getting away from your work area and doing something that’s not related to your task.

Try this on a creative project sometime. Take 25. And then take 5.


We spent the weekend at a cabin and this was in a flower garden right next to it.