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Going to shift my week so that it starts on Friday morning

Okay, so I recently read this book, The Willpower Instinct, and it really brought up a number of interesting points on how to make yourself do things that are (in the short term) somewhat unpleasant. For me, this includes lots of stuff: usually I’d rather read than write, and I’d rather browse the internet than read, and […]

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Book hoarding (OR How I freed up another hour in each day)

I used to use the Chrome extension Stayfocusd to limit the amount of time I spent on Facebook and Twitter. But then I uninstalled it, because I realized that Facebook and Twitter are wonderful things that I should be using more of and that it’s not at all a waste of time to interact online […]

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Harnessing my internet-browsing energy

Like most people with an internet connection, I spend a significant amount of my time on the internet browsing aimlessly. However, I have recently made an effort to rein in and redirect some of this energy. I started by using the Chrome extension StayFocusd to limit the amount of time I can spend on certain […]

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Been phenomenally productive this month

The new focus on hours of writing rather than output in terms of words has led to some odd results. For instance, I just spent 2.5 hours writing 900 words. A year ago, this would’ve been an unproductive day. But now, it was actually super productive! I mean, who cares how many words you write, […]

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I believe that I may have broken the 15 hours of writing time a week barrier

For as long as I’ve been keeping records of my daily writing time (which, admittedly, is only like fifteen months), I’ve been clocking an average of about 11 hours a week. And for an equally long period of time, I’ve been trying to increase that average to 15 hours a week. Now, plenty of you […]

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I’ve now achieved every one of the eleven productivity goals that I set for myself in the summer of 2009

In the summer of 2009, I made a list of five productivity milestones I wanted to hit in the next five years. With the recent acquisition of my thousandth short story rejection, I now have ALL of them. Words 400,000 Words[1] 500,000 Words[2] 750,000 Words[3] 1,000,000 Words[4] Completed Short Stories 100 Stories[5] 120 Stories[6] Rejections […]

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When to work hard and when to not work hard because, let’s face it, working hard is for chumps

          Writing can’t be the most important thing to you. Not all the time. Some days, watching TV is more important than writing. Some days, lying in bed and brooding is more important than writing. Some days, not writing is more important than writing. That’s all pretty obvious. The non-obvious part is: […]

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‘X’ marks the spot

I’m not sure if anyone’s noticed, but this blog has been super regular for the last three months. After nearly three and a half years of very sporadic updating, I’ve posted an update roughly every other day for almost 100 days. It’s almost shocking how regular I’ve become. And the way it happened was really […]

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