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My Medium archive — The Writer Archives. Publications on Medium. Smart Writing Set - Moleskine. The 10-Minute Hack. The hardest part of doing most things is just starting.

The 10-Minute Hack

We often think about how big of a project we have ahead of ourselves, and that’s what makes it hard to start. I know when I was writing my book, it seemed like most of my day was spent fighting the agony of just getting started. It was hard to ignore just how big of a project it was. Thankfully, I’ve found a great hack for getting started. It’s called The 10-Minute Hack. Each day, after I wake up, as soon as is possible – before eating, before showering, before checking email, (but not before meditating) – I pick one task, set my iPhone timer for 10 minutes, and work on that one thing non-stop. How much work can you possibly get done within 10 minutes? The point is, you get started. Sometimes, the 10 minutes seems like an eternity. 04 Painful Practice. By Jeff Goins Jeff discusses why pursuing and finding your calling doesn’t mean that the work will be easy.

04 Painful Practice

Here’s Jeff Goins on the principle of Painful Practice. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Show highlights In this episode, Andy Traub and I discuss: Why finding and pursuing your calling isn’t easy.How practice can help you figure out what you are and are not meant to do.The type of practice it takes to become great at something.What we can learn from two different rejected American Idols about pursuing our calling.The difference between practice and the right kind of practice. Quotes and takeaways. Sudbury Valley School Blog. This week’s post was written by SVS parent Carolyn Shepard Fox.

Sudbury Valley School Blog

When my oldest daughter, Sarah, was three and a half, we had a 20-minute drive home from her nursery school, a special place where I believed Sarah had the freedom to grow and learn without imposed academic structure. On each drive home I would ask, “What did you do today?” Glancing in the rear view mirror, I could see her sitting quietly in her car seat, looking intently out the side window.

She’d answer, “Oh, nothing really.” As a parent helper, I had observed the flutter of activity that filled her mornings at school. In my work as a midwife, I firmly subscribed to the belief that midwifery is the art of doing nothing well. “The labor is progressing, and the baby is doing well. In a medicalized world of birth, very few women are allowed to labor for 3 long days without some kind of intervention.

To this day, I am impressed by the power of watching and waiting. The Psychology of Limitation: How Constraints Make Us More Creative — Stories by Buffer. Constraints can seem like the last thing you’d want for a creative project, but they’re actually beneficial when it comes to doing good work.

The Psychology of Limitation: How Constraints Make Us More Creative — Stories by Buffer

If you’ve ever faced the common writer’s hurdle of the blank page, you’ll know what it’s like to be paralyzed by innumerable opportunities. What restrictions do is take away some of the choices available to us, and with them, the paralysis of choice that stops us from getting started. We love trying things that seem counterintuitive at Buffer, but we especially love examples of how counterintuitive approaches can produce great results.

Check out a few examples of the amazing work that can come from creative constraints, and then find out how you can begin to use constraints to aid your own creativity and productivity. Build the habit first — Life Learning. The problem is that building the habit itself is an accomplishment.

Build the habit first — Life Learning

Writing 1,000 words for one day, in itself, is another accomplishment. Your brain can only handle so many accomplishments at once. Make it Impossible for Yourself to Fail — Life Learning. Make it Impossible for Yourself to Fail When people read the story of how writing 1000 words a day change my life, some of them immediately try to adopt the habit.

Make it Impossible for Yourself to Fail — Life Learning

They do it for a day, or a week and then it becomes an afterthought. This is a bit like saying you’re going to run 5 miles a day when you’ve never run around the block. You set yourself up to fail before you even start. A while back, I interviewed James Clear about what he refers to as identity-based habit creation. One of his readers had the goal of losing weight. The Power of One Focused Hour a Day — Life Learning. The Power of One Focused Hour a Day People frequently cite the lack of time to work on any creative endeavor or project.

The Power of One Focused Hour a Day — Life Learning

But if you choose to focus on the quality of the time you put into your efforts rather than the quantity, it can make a big difference. The Fortress Fallacy. The main mechanism perpetuating The Fortress Fallacy is the ego-protection mechanism.

The Fortress Fallacy

Not having started sometimes feels bad, but it still feels better than getting started, and sucking at it. In fact, it feels really good to daydream about your giant fortress. This good feeling is reinforced by the fact that you have perfectly valid (or so you’ve convinced yourself) excuses for not getting started. Don’t get me wrong. 04 Painful Practice. The Psychology of Limitation: How Constraints Make Us More Creative — Stories by Buffer. Constraints can seem like the last thing you’d want for a creative project, but they’re actually beneficial when it comes to doing good work.

The Psychology of Limitation: How Constraints Make Us More Creative — Stories by Buffer

If you’ve ever faced the common writer’s hurdle of the blank page, you’ll know what it’s like to be paralyzed by innumerable opportunities. What restrictions do is take away some of the choices available to us, and with them, the paralysis of choice that stops us from getting started. We love trying things that seem counterintuitive at Buffer, but we especially love examples of how counterintuitive approaches can produce great results.

Check out a few examples of the amazing work that can come from creative constraints, and then find out how you can begin to use constraints to aid your own creativity and productivity.