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Writers Often Find Egg Timers Helpful

egg timer for writersHas this ever happened to you?

You’re writing away and it’s going well and gradually the smell of something burning creeps into your consciousness – it’s the eggs you were hard boiling and the waters completely steamed off.

You know you could finish the rather boring piece your working on if you actually spend another 15 minutes working on it.

You’re supposed to call a valued client in an hour; your writing gets choppy because you’re afraid you’ll miss the calling time.

There’s an easy solution.

It’s http://e.ggtimer.com/

It’s free, online and super simple.

You enter the number of minutes, hit go and when the time has elapsed you’ll get a sound and your screen will switch to the egg timer web page.

I was just alerted that the dozen eggs I was boiling are now hard.

I’ve used it to time writing and to time all sorts of things. When I use it I don’t have to worry I’ll miss the cue – it’s right there

I used to have one of those staid, white timer’s that you twist the dial on for the number of minutes. I dropped it and it broke. In fact, I fixed it once and it broke again – it didn’t like ending up hard on the floor.

So I googled egg timer and got this nifty site.

It’s right where I need it the most, on my desktop where I do 98 percent of my work.

How do you remind yourself when x minutes are up?

Write well and often,


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  • I use a little program called Cool Timer, which does the same thing.

    And I also use an actual kitchen timer, a portable one that I can take into my office.
    John Soares recently posted..The Four Key Benefits of Writing WellMy Profile

  • jorgekafkazar

    You’re a good egg, Anne.

    • thanks Jorge, but I need help keeping track of time 😉

  • I’ve been using Pomodoro technique with the Online Stopwatch. It’s made a huge difference for me!
    Amelia Ramstead recently posted..The Daily ScheduleMy Profile

  • I use a program called FocusBooster. It’s much the same thing, except after your time is up it automatically goes to a “break time” setting of 5 minutes (adjustable) for you to rest and reward yourself for a job well done. Then it’s back to boiling!
    Patrick recently posted..After The DreamMy Profile

  • I’ve used my Blackberry’s reminder chime. Not as clever as the egg-time, but it works. 🙂
    Cathy Miller recently posted..The Business Writing Book I Wish I WroteMy Profile

    • Yes, but that requires a blackberry. I actually have a meditation timer I use on my iPad… and I could use it on my desk…

  • Dominique Quinten

    What a interesting egg timer of your!!! I have never seen before this type of timer. Really I want to get it because it is so beautiful and uncommon timer. Thanks for your awesome sharing.

    • Ebay is probably your best source for a pretty egg timer.

  • This is why I often don’t cook–too many burned loaves of banana bread that I forgot while I wrote. But I utilize the timer on my phone to write in spurts and it has increased my productivity dramatically. I love the online timer idea, however, I’m going to use it.
    Charlotte Rains Dixon recently posted..An Approach to Writing ScenesMy Profile

    • I like that the online timer is right in my face – I need that or I’ll miss it.

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