Emmanuel Nataf outlines several concrete practices to develop in order to foster consistent writing.
It is almost universally acknowledged that anyone who can procrastinate on a project, will find a way to procrastinate.… This can be especially true for any writer working to their own self-imposed deadlines. But as all prolificwriters will know, the secret to working up the motivation and concentration isn’t some enigmatic, inaccessible well of inner strength. Instead, success lies in consistency and consistency requires knowing what comprises a productive routine.
Emmanuel’s particular recommendations are to:
- Start with a head-clearing ritual.
- Define your own pomodoros.
- Alternate between fun stuff and grunt work.
- Double down on productivity apps.
- Save research for another time.
- Schedule something for the end of the day.
- Leave off in the middle of an idea.
For Emmanuel’s discussion of these points, see his original post on the Freedom blog.