What Is the Flowtime Technique and How Can We Use It to Writing

Sadia Kabir

Writing without creativity is not worth reading.

A writer always thinks about how to make writing more creative, how to snatch more eyeballs, and how it can give value to readers.

And, as a writer, noticing these things in writing becomes challenging day by day. But the Flowtime Technique can help writers face these challenges in their writing.

The Flowtime Technique will manage your time and help you start and complete your writing with ease.

Additionally, this technique will help you throw out your distractions and boost your productivity by keeping you focused, as you can take breaks between writing.

What Is the Flowtime Technique?

The Flowtime Technique is a modified version of the Pomodoro Technique. So, to understand the Flowtime Technique, you need to know about the Pomodoro Technique.

The Pomodoro Technique: In 1980, Francesco Cirillo invented the Pomodoro Technique to focus on his studies. The Pomodoro Technique is a process where you have to make intervals by setting a timer of 25 minutes and focus on a single task. After 25 minutes, take a break of 5 minutes. Each interval is called a Pomodoro. After 4 Pomodoros, take a longer break of 15–30 minutes.

Zoë Read Bivens discovered the Flowtime Technique because she faced some problems while applying the Pomodoro Technique.

The first problem was the Pomodoro Technique used to interrupt her work when she got into the flow-state and force her to work when she felt exhausted.

For example, you are working on a topic, and after some time, you get into the flow-state. At this time, you are very productive and focused, and the alarm starts ringing, signaling you that it’s time for the break. Wouldn’t you feel interrupted?

To solve these problems, Read Bivens modified the Pomodoro Technique to the Flowtime Technique. In this technique, you don’t need a timer. It is a process where you have to start by picking a task, work on that until you get distracted, and take a break.

Steps of the Flowtime Technique

  • Pick a task
  • Start working but write down the start time
  • Focus on your work until you feel you need a break
  • When you are distracted or tired, take a break but write down the end time — break length is up to you
  • Write down the break length
  • Repeat

Additionally, you can also note if you faced any interruptions. In this technique, you don’t need to set a timer to signal you for anything. But you can set a timer for recording the work and break length. After finishing your work, you can recheck your work and edit, if needed.

Apply the Flowtime Technique To Writing

The Flowtime Technique is effective for writing because writing without any interruption has always given a great result. You can easily apply this technique to your writing.

Select a topic

At first, you have to pick a topic to write about. Then, structure the article in your mind. While doing so, keep in your mind how it’ll affect your readers. Does it benefit them or not?

Start writing by recording the start time

Before starting, note down the start time by creating a chart to calculate how long you have written. You can write it on paper or in Excel.

Write until you feel tired

The next step is to start writing. Write what you thought in your mind in the previous step. Structure your article in a way readers can understand.

Write with full attention until you feel distracted or tired.

Take a break by recording the end time

When you feel that you can’t focus on your writing more and need a break, take a break. There is no time limit. Break length is up to you. Lengthen your break time until your mind is refreshed.

Although Read Bivens has offered some suggestions for the break time, it’s completely up to you how long the break will be:

  • For 25 minutes or less, take a break of 5 minutes.
  • For 25–50 minutes, take a break of 8 minutes.
  • For 50–90 minutes, take a break of 10 minutes.
  • For 90 minutes or more, take a break of 15 minutes.

But before taking the break, note your end time and writing length also on to the chart.

In this break, you can do the things that refresh your mind because you create your best when you are fresh-minded.

When you feel that you are ready to focus on your writing again, get back to writing after noting down the break length to monitor your work.

Benefits of the Flowtime Technique in Writing

The Flowtime Technique is very effective in writing as in this technique, you create a chart that contains the start, end, break, and work times. This chart will help you monitor your writing progress.

By monitoring yourself, you can discover how long you are taking to complete a task, at which time you are most focused or distracted, how long future writing may take, which thing you should eliminate, and more. Thus you can be more productive in future writing by inserting or eliminating habits.

Moreover, in this technique, you are not writing for a specific amount of time as you aren’t tied to any timer that will interrupt you. If something interrupted you, then you can note it on the chart and eliminate it from your writing time in the future.

However, in writing, you are highly productive and focused when you have landed on the flow-state. And as this technique has no interruption, there is no chance to break your flow-state, so it’s highly recommended in writing.

Additionally, you are the one to decide how long the break will be. Because sometimes a tiny break isn’t enough and sometimes a long break is much. Read Bivens also said:

“If you need a 10-minute break after working for 40 minutes, that’s fine. Refreshed work is orders of magnitude better than fatigued work.”

Final Thoughts

Quite often, the Flowtime Technique works as an energy booster in writing.

With this technique, you can break your task into pieces and reward yourself when you feel tired with a delicious break. It helps you be more focused on your writing.

However, you can track your time through this technique, which can improve your writing in the future and help you become a faster and more productive writer.

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