And also for this year, the Academic Writing Month (aka November, aka November) is over.
My pledge at the beginning of the month was 10 pomodoros (the accepted measure of academic productivity) a day, 5 days a week. This would sum up to 10 x 5 x 4 = 200 pomodoros.
The reality is way different. The actual number of pomodoros I completed (i.e.; 25 minutes of work, straight and without distractions) was 104, distributed as follows
Beside the pomodoro-free weekends, the last week of the month has almost no pomodoros, but that does not mean I was not writing. I came to realise, after reading How to Write More by Paul Silvia, that the all AcWriMo thing is not an healthy endeavour. It is what Silvia calls binge writing, just structured in 25-minutes chunks.
So in the last week, rather than striving to hit my pomodoros for the day, I just focused on devising my personal writing regime, and cope with writing as a mundane activity. The other downside of thinking in terms of pomodoros is that many times I (we) don’t have the luxury of just writing. Writing is interpolated with data-analysis, plotting, reading sources and so on. So spending a pomodoro or two reading a paper or writing R code makes it feel as I am wasting that time.
All in all, in one month I (re)wrote a draft (13 pages) for a journal paper I had in mind since March, and I am pretty happy about the result.
Originally published at dfucci.co on December 1, 2014.