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SPQ 001: How Do You Balance Productive Writing with Daily Inspiration?

Written by Steve Scott on December 22, 2014. Listen to SPQ: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed
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Balance Productive Writing with Daily Inspiration

Staying productive isn’t always easy when you have a lot of ideas. In this episode, Steve gives tips for getting things done without stifling your creativity.

The Question…

Kristi wants to know how to allocate enough time to get work done but still allow room for inspiration when it strikes. She has seven different ideas, including her dissertation topic, and she often falls down a rabbit hole while she is doing research.

Biggest Takeaway…

Steve’s Answer…

Steve says it’s good to have a lot of ideas because it shows you have inspiration. The key is turning ideas into something tangible. He suggests:

Steve also recommends working on one project at a time. If you work on several projects, it’s difficult to actually finish anything. Avoid the research trap by setting aside time for writing and time for research. If you come across something you need to research, jot it down and keep writing.

Finally, Steve uses a list of most important things, or MITs, to manage his projects. He suggests you start your day with the one or two MITs on your list. If you need time to be creative, take a walking break. Be sure to take your phone or a pen and paper with you to record any ideas you have during your walk.

Resource Links

Getting Things Done: David Allen’s breakthrough book on productivity

Kindle Publishing Checklist: The step-by-step checklist Steve uses to complete every writing project

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work: The routines successful artists follow to stay productive

  • Steve,

    Great advice and love that you recommended two of my favorite books – GTD and Daily Rituals. I would add Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto as another helpful read for anyone looking to organize their process.

    Finally, Evernote is the only app I keep open on my desktop and using the Chrome plugin and iOS app all together I never worry about losing an idea, thought, concept or anything that could eventually make its way into one of my books.

    Love the podcast!

    George

    • Steve Scott

      Yeah, love The Checklist Manifesto. Great examples how checklists can help people AND save lives. Sounds like you have a lot of ways to keep track of thoughts. Like how you incorporate the multiple devices used in conjunction with Evernote. Good stuff!

  • Yeah, love The Checklist Manifesto. Great examples how checklists can
    help people AND save lives. Sounds like you have a lot of ways to keep
    track of thoughts. Like how you incorporate the multiple devices used
    in conjunction with Evernote. Good stuff!