Contrary to our romanticised notions, writers don't just sit around all day, drink coffee and scotch and wait for inspiration to strike. Like any other job, they have to be disciplined and productive. While that does involve lots of coffee, it also requires hard work. Here's how some famous authors have kept their nose to the grindstone.
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Productivity isn't just about getting things done. At its core, it's about being resourceful with your time. In a recent interview with author Charles Duhigg, he told us, "You can spend your entire day being busy and not get anything important done. Productivity is about getting important things done." In his new book, Smarter Faster Better, Duhigg explores this fuller meaning of productivity and how to achieve it.
Practising mindfulness can mean many different things and has many different benefits, but it isn't limited to your own improvement. You can also use mindfulness to defuse emotionally charged moments between you and your partner. Here's what we mean.
Whether you're trying to focus and get some work done, you need to chill out and relax, or you want something soothing to help you drift off to sleep, Brain.fm has tunes that can help you out. The compositions are completely original, so don't expect to hear songs you know, but they do work like a charm.
Distractions aren't ideal for most tasks, but they serve a purpose when it comes to brainstorming. 99U suggests a simple rule of thumb: embrace distractions when it comes to generating ideas; embrace focus when it comes to implementing ideas.
There's a big difference between being busy and actually being productive. Oddly enough, being busy often feels good because it's familiar and it makes us feel productive. Productivity may feel good, but sometimes making true progress means giving up that feeling.
If you're having trouble with focusing at work, maybe an app that blocks distractions isn't quite what you need. Maybe you just need a good, old-fashioned shaming. This AutoHotkey script can give you the nudge you need.
OS X: HazeOver makes it easy to focus on the task at hand, even if you have multiple windows open on your Mac. All it does is dim background windows and your desktop, while keeping the front, active window bright on top of all of them. When you switch so does the lighting, helping you to stay focused without distractions.