Raymond Chandler’s Productivity Secret: Work, Or Just Get Bored

Raymond Chandler’s Productivity Secret: Work, Or Just Get Bored

It’s always fascinating to read how successful people get things done. Celebrated author Raymond Chandler battled with motivational issues like everyone else. But then he set himself two clear choices: write, or do nothing else.

When Chandler says “do nothing else”, he means it. Lock away that smartphone, no TV, no going for a lovely walk in the great weather outside. No distractions or procrastinating on Facebook or somewhere else. Goals Infinite explains:

What does “Not do anything else” means? It means you are not allowed to do anything productive (another task, housework, paperwork…) or anything that helps time fly (surfing the web, checking your phone, reading the news, writing emails…). You may look out the window, walk up and down in your room etc.

The strategy works because you have two choices. No one is forcing you to write. You can, if you want to. No one is forcing you to not write either. But you can’t do something else. Exercising choice means that you are wilfully getting bored, which is good for you in its own right.

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