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If you don’t have a schedule forcing you to deliver, then it’s really easy to avoid doing the work at all.

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Power of a Schedule

World's greatest artists depended not upon creative inspiration or motivation but on consistent patterns and routines :

  • Franz Kafka repeated his strict schedule - job, lunch, nap, exercise, dinner and writing.
  • Maya Angelou wrote for 7 hours in a rented hotel room and returned home to edit her work and sleep.
  • Harumi Murakami wakes up at 4 AM, writes for 5 hours and goes for a run.
  • Pulitzer Awardee Michael Chavon writes from 10 PM to 3 AM, five nights a week.

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Creative work is like training in a gym. Some days you get your best moments with great ideas and somedays not.

Great ideas will flow in when you go through a volume of work , put in your repetitions , and show up over and over again.

Stay consistent and give yourself space to make a masterpiece and even create junk along the way.

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The schedule is the system that makes your goals a reality . If you don’t set a schedule for yourself, then your only option is to rely on motivation.

It is essentially to avoid saying this to ourselves :

  • "I hope I feel motivated to exercise today"
  • "I just need to find the willpower to do it"

Don't wait for motivation or creative inspiration to strike you, schedule it to form a habit.

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How artists work

The work of top creatives follows a consistent pattern and routine:

  • Maya Angelou would rent a local hotel to write, from 6:30 AM until 2 PM. She would never sleep at the hotel.
  • Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon writes five nights per week from 10 PM to 3 AM.
  • Haruki Murakami wakes up at 4 AM, writes for five hours, and then goes for a run.

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The essence of motivation

Every choice has a price, but when we are motivated, it is easier to bear the inconvenience of action than the pain of remaining the same.

In other words, at some point,  it becomes more painful to not do the work than to actually do it.

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Don‘t set SCHEDULE build RITUAL ...

How do some of the most prolific artists in the world motivate themselves? They don't merely set SCHEDULE, they build RITUALS.

It’s a simple act, but doing it the same way each morning habitualizes it and makes it repeatable . It reduces the chance of skipping it or do it differently.

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