If you want to have a lot of good ideas, you need to expose yourself to good ideas.
This means reading books, having conversations with interesting people, seeking out new experiences, travel and more.
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Write down ten ideas every day. They can be for yourself of for someone else.
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People steal stuff and ideas from other people all the time.
Most people try way too hard to be original but they never get anything done.
Learn how to stand on the shoulders of giants, borrow from timeless wisdom, and draw from a variety of sources to come up with ideas of your own.
Learn a structure, a method and be a bit formulaic. Then, one day, you'll have a unique writing voice that'll help you stand out from the crowd.
We all write and think about the same stuff but it's the way we do it that is unique.
Effort represents an investment of a fixed resource, like calories.
For this reason, running takes more effort than sitting. It takes more calories and strains muscles and joints. If y...
Paying attention seems to be linked to effort, since deliberate control of attention take effort.
Focus is only hard if we're trying to focus. If our attention is held automatically, focus is not an effort.
Effort could be seen as the opposite of something we do automatically. Effort then is what happens when we try to override an automatic pattern.
Wearing headphones can block out some of the ambient sounds and create a subtle barrier to being interrupted.
Regular headphones with some sounds playing will also do the trick. But researchers found listening to music with lyrics caused a decline in performance while white noise wasn't found to have the same impact.
For any focused work session, we should prevent the distractions we can control.
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