what a 30 day novel taught me about productivity

On October 31st at 12 midnight I change. No, I don’t turn into a vampire or a werewolf (though I’ve been called similar names), I join the cult of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. Writers from all over the world get together (virtually) and share tips, tricks, productivity ideas, and outright sneaky tactics to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  What I discovered this year during the event were several tricks to help you be productive – on any project – not just novel writing.

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deep thoughts: life as a movie

The Script

Today I want to challenge you to consider the bigger picture – your bigger picture. Imagine you are the director of a movie. This movie is about you – your life. You have been commissioned to shoot a movie depicting a typical day of your life so far. You have control of what happens in each scene, but you are only allowed one ‘take.’ What would be the theme? Would it be a comedy, tragedy, drama, romance, thriller or action flick? Would it be 2D, 3D, or IMax? What location(s) would you choose? What supporting actors? Write a few notes about it now.

The Screening

Now image sitting in your favorite theater with your favorite concession snacks. The lights dim and the lush red curtain opens to reveal the silver screen. You feel a bit of excitement for the big reveal. Your movie begins to play. It unfolds, bigger than life. What are you feeling? Are you laughing, crying, on the edge of your seat in suspense? Do you feel a tinge of regret? Are you uncomfortable?

now what? discover more…

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give a damn busted? try these tips

When I was working in an office (cubical), I used to dream of being able to work anywhere I wanted (sidewalk cafe) when I wanted (no earlier than 10am). Especially on those beautiful fall days when the sun was bright,trees on fire with autumn colors, and the air was cool and refreshing. I would sit inside the stuffy office under florescent light and dream of enjoying the freedom to work when I was motivated and to nap when i was tired. So when I actually started working as an ‘anywhere worker’ I was excited to work anywhere, anytime and would take naps to get refreshed between bursts of productive work. I was in heaven. My favorite place to work was on the back deck of our home with a hot latte and the dog at my feet.

Then one day I just couldn’t get motivated. I slept in, ate breakfast (brunch), checked email, took a nap, had lunch…you get the idea. I would open files to start working but just couldn’t tap into my moho. I figured it was just one of those days, and was grateful that I had the choice to work or not work. I knew that if today wasn’t productive, tomorrow would certainly make up for it. BUt tomorrow was just the same. This went on for several days. And though procrastination has it’s place (see ‘praise for procrastination) it is possible to do it to excess. Once in excess the benefits of procrastination become a hindrance. I knew I had to break this cycle before it became the norm instead of the exception. Here are a few of my tricks to…inspire action with purpose

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