Use this Simple Productivity Technique to Become a Content Creation Machine

Or how I use the Pomodoro Technique to write 5000 words a day

T.S. Johnson
5 min readAug 9, 2022


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I write a lot.

As an indie publisher, I have to. I don’t really want to go back to freelance writing full time so if I’m going to be my own publisher I have to churn out the content.

Yes, I said churn.

I know there is this ongoing debate about quantity vs. quality, but for me, there is no debate. The only things I have full control over as an indie writer is the amount of content I produce and how aggressively I market my work.

That’s it.

Since I don’t want clients, I write a lot instead.

And because I’ve spent years writing 500-word papers every week in high school, writing 10,000-word term papers in 24 hours in college and churning out 5 to 10 articles a day to make rent as an adult, I also write pretty quickly.

So writing 3000 to 5000 words a day is a walk in the park for me.

With that said, I also have the attention span of a gnat.

Unless I’m focused, my 5000 words a day can easily turn into 500 words and not much else getting done for the rest of the day.

So if I don’t want to fall into the YouTube video pit of despair or find myself arguing on Facebook with whoever will listen, I use the Pomodoro Technique to keep me on track.

What is the Pomodoro Technique

If you’ve never heard of the Pomodoro Technique, it is a very simple time management tool created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s.

Named after the Italian word for tomato, (Cirillo used a tomato timer while in college) the Pomodoro Technique breaks up your workday into 25-minute intervals, followed by five-minute breaks.

Each 25-minute session is called a Pomodoro. When you complete four Pomodoros, you…



T.S. Johnson

Writer. Editor. Professional Smartass.