productivity boost - work shorter


2005-8-26

A nice example of the point I was trying to make in my last post is my workday today.

I have spent only about three hours on concentrated writing, but it feels like I have done the work of weeks. Which, in a meta-sense I actually have. I have been thinking about this particular topic for some weeks now, and have never found the time and concentration to put thing into writing. Today it was very much like a damm breaking - the words were pouring right out of me.

But could I have been so productive without the weeks in between? Without the time spent walking the dog and caring for the kids, when I was unable to write things down most of the time?

I think not. It's the old experience most writers and creative people make sooner or later. One can't just "sit down and write", not at any given time and as often as one pleases. There is a certain balance that needs to be kept between "working" and "idling". And the idling part is just as important to the end effect as the working part.

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