― Henry David Thoreau
I killed time management, yesterday.
Years ago I used to have a bunch of keys in my pocket.
I carry this group of little things wherever I go because I did not do one important thing.
And because I missed out on this, I suffered.
I got stressed.
I slowed down.
I have lessened my productivity output.
I lost time.
I had a failing grade in time management.
Now, what's this got to do with writers like you?
It encompasses everything in your writing business.
Multi-task all the time.
Mix-up things together.
Be in a chaotic workplace and you will not be productive.
Simplify things in your business and you'll be a productivity rockstar.
How can you turn yourself into one?
When you write, you close your door and forget about everything else. Go down to the basics. Write your headline first. Not until you can be sure that's the headline you want, don't leave that phase. Then make your outline. After that, fill up the segments with what you think are the barest of ideas. This will not only help you pin down the points you want to make, this will also help your readers see your point in a sunny-day-clear way.
If you want to come up with something you can be proud of, don't multi-task. Silence your iphone, don't put clothes in your machine while writing, don't turn on the rice cooker while you do your gig, tell your teen to give you at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted writing time, tell him not to disturb you till the session is over.
What's my point?
When you put things in the most basic form, you can do excellent work.
20%, 30%, 50% or even 97% focus is nothing compared to 100% focus.
Apply this to writing and you have unlocked a treasure box of articles brewing in your soul. Hurting, exciting, kicking, itching, bursting to get out and eager to please your audience.
Yesterday, I threw all the other keys I have not been using for years. It turns out I'm only using four keys for my house. And in the bunch I carry all the time... I have at least twelve!
Now, I can look for the key I want to use in a second.
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