In Optimizing Focus: 3 elements to consider, I outlined three elements that affect your focus during a writing session: the task itself, how you are feeling, and the context. I am writing a series of follow up articles going into more detail about what that framework looks like in practice. (At some … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: Select the task you most want to work on
You are smart and competent. You work in an environment that values autonomy. You value autonomy. You feel like you should be able to do things yourself. However, you are also part of a complex division of labour in which other people's work supports your daily existence. You probably don't grow … [Read more...] about Autonomy & asking for help
One way to get some control over how much time and energy you give to certain kinds of legitimate requests is to create a container for that kind of work. Just as it is easier to store flour if you pour it into something with firm sides and a lid (so it doesn't just flow all over the counter), … [Read more...] about Managing your workload by creating containers
There isn’t even a risk that you will become lazy. You do not have to guard against laziness vigilantly, watching out for the slightest sign and nipping it in the bud. I would argue that no one is lazy. Many years ago I bought Havi Brooks' Procrastination Dissolve-o-matic and in amongst the … [Read more...] about You are not Lazy
In the intro to A Meeting With Your Writing I ask participants to list everything that comes to mind when they ask this question: “What does this writing project need to move forward?” I give them 30 - 60 seconds to write. Then I ask them to select the thing on that list that they most want to do … [Read more...] about When does Reading count as Writing?