Tony Schwartz: *Writing just four and half hours a day, I completed both books in less than six months and spent my afternoons on less demanding work.*
“Don’t be ceremonious…. When the time is available, just put fingers to keyboard and write.”
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*It is now 16 years since my first book was published, & abt 21 years since I started publishing articles in the magazines. Throughout that time there has literally been not one day in which I did not feel that I was idling…* (quote)
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, happiness, and flow (TED talk)
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“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual…”
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Alain de Botton: “Good work tends to happen only at the end of day: when the fear of accomplishing nothing finally exceeds fear of doing it badly.”
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Leonardo da Vinci’s epic procrastination and the practical use of procrastination as a sign that your work (rather than yourself) may be dull.
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Looking over the numbers of prolific artists and innovators reinforces the basic rule: Creativity is a function of the quantity of work produced.
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Economist Herbert Simon: “In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients.”
Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedule: “What good shall I do this day?”
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An animation of Daniel Pink’s wonderful lecture about what really motivates creatives and other “idea workers.”
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Arnold Bennett: “The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”
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The Bermuda Triangle of Productivity
Merlin Mann’s advice: first, care.
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Procrastination makes no sense. It is against our own interests, it makes us miserable, and we procrastinators want desperately to stop. So why do we do it?
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Tom Sawyer and the power of intrinsic motivation.
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Myself, I’ve set up a second computer, devoid of internet, for my fiction-writing. That’s to say, I took an expensive Mac and turned it back into a typewriter. (You should imagine my computer set-up guy’s consternation when I insisted he drag the internet function out of the thing entirely. “I can just hide it from [...]
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Why I use a ten-year-old, slow, WiFi-free ThinkPad: it’s the perfect writer’s computer.
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“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” — William James
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Commandments 1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.”3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!5. When you can’t create you [...]
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