1. Reserve Mornings for Deep Work
You can use the Pomodoro Technique get into the state of flow: work for 25 minutes on a single task and then take a short break of 5 minutes. If you get in the habit of performing Deep Work in the morning, even for just half an hour, your work will rapidly compound over time. Focus on performing Deep Work, meaning you get to work free of distraction for a long time.
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By adding white space to your life, you remove the distractions that stand in your way and move focus to work and what you want to do. Minimize distractions in your daily life to make progress in meaningful work. Grab a pen and paper and list down distractions in your life for each of these three areas. Intangible distractions are notifications from your phone or random web browsing sessions without an end in mind.
Some days are great, some days are good, some days are bad. Learn to enjoy the small victories — whether it’s 100 new subscribers, finishing a small project, or having a productive day. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.” And when you finally find something that works, it’s a magical time. In “The War of Art”, Steven Pressfield shares a great little nugget: “Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. Take some time to rest and come back energized the next day.
Systems are the best way to progress since they reward effort and we control all the variables. However, we need to have a sense of direction in those efforts, to know what we are trying to accomplish.
Writing daily with no objective is just practice. If you want to achieve something, you need to commit to a certain output, like publishing a post on your blog weekly. At the end of the day, a system is a way to control how to achieve an output.
By writing for yourself, you're more likely to write something other people will like. Readers know when your work is authentic—the best way to be authentic is to write for yourself.
When you write for yourself, the process of writing is the reward itself. If you love doing something, you'll keep on doing it.
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