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1534: "Write Every Day" is Bad Advice: Hacking the Psychology of Big Projects by Cal Newport on Productivity Habits

2020-02-22 | 🔗

Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares why write every day is bad advice.

Episode 1534: "Write Every Day" is Bad Advice: Hacking the Psychology of Big Projects by Cal Newport on Productivity Habits

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive.

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no interviews and his short, almost always fewer than ten minutes trays. Author comes from the writer of the super popular book. Deep work call Newport so let's get right to invest our optimizing. Your life right. Every day is bad advice. Hacking, the psychology of big projects like new port of call new poor dog, come a flawed axiom. every day, if ever consider professional writing. You ve heard this advice, Stephen recommends it in his structural memoir. On writing. He falls a strict died of a thousand words a day six days a week and lemme proposes something similar in her guide bird. Bird. She recommend sitting down to write at roughly the same time every day having published for both myself. Here is my opinion: you're, not a full time. Writer, like king and Lamotte, does this terrible advice. The strategy will in fact reduce the probability that you finish your writing project in this
Post. I want to explain why this is true, as this explanation provides insight into the psychology of accomplishing big projects in any field, the planning brain. Here's what happens when he resolved to write every day you soon slip up you're, not a full time writer. This is essentially unavoidable in early media work may back up on the subway an afternoon meeting that runs along Any number of common events will render writing impractical, some days. The slip up, however, has been consequences. It provides evidence to your brain that your plan to write every day will not succeed, as I've argued before the human brain is driven in large part by its need to assess plans, providing motivation to act on good plans and reducing motivation, which we
experience has procrastination to act on flawed plans. The problem for the would be writer is at the brain does not necessarily distinguish between your vague and abstract goal to write a novel and the accompanying specific plan right every day which are using to accomplish the school. When the specific plan fails, the resulting lack of motivation infects a general goal as well. A writing project. Flounders freestyle. Writing. In my experience of the writer was a day job I found is crucial to avoid ridge writing schedules. I dont want to provide my brain any examples of a strategy related to my writing. That's failing when I'm working on a book. I instead approach each week as his own scheduled challenge I work with the reality of my life that week to squeeze in as much writing as I can get away with in the most practical manner, sometimes as my lead to stress is where I write every morning, but there are other areas where am I balance a busy start to the work week with half days of writing at the end and so on. The point is that
committee plans that I know I can succeed, and by doing so My brains, motivation centres on board with the project. Misunderstanding motivation, knowledge, troms, productivity. This approach of course brings up the question of motivation. Most people whom raise the daily writing strategy. Do so because they worry their will to do. The work will diminish without a fixed system to force progress. This understanding is flawed. Can't force your brain, a general motivation, it will do so. only when it believes in both your goal andor plan for accomplishing the goal. If you find that your still fail. to get worked on even when you're, more flexible with your scheduling? The problem is not your productivity is. Instead that your mind is not yet sold that you know how to succeed with you general goal of becoming a writer. In this case, a band national novel writing month, which I think trivialize is the long process of developing writing. Graft NGO research
People in your desire genre actually develop successful careers. Your mind. Why is a reality based understanding of your goal, in addition to achievable short term plans, generalizing to non writing projects, I recalled this lesson recently in an related part of my life, one of my interests over the past few months, then try to increase the amount of time I spend engaged in deep work related to my academic research in December I tested It is tragic that was in hindsight, just as doomed to failure is attempting to write every day at a particular paper that I wanted to come. Please, in time, for winter deadline, I told myself that the key is to start every week day with deep work. If a committee on subway I work in a notebook while travelling. If I drove Naga back at home, while waiting for rush hour to end. I believe this rigid schedule would help me make deep workin ingrained habit in the paper we get done with time to spare. In reality, I crashed and burned.
the first week successfully follow my plan two days out of five failing the other days for the types of unavoidable scheduling reasons I mentioned earlier, as well as the fact that writing in my notebook on the subway turns out to make me nauseous. After that my brain revoke, any vestige of motivation for this effort and my total amount of deep work plummeted. My solution to this free fall was it take a page from my writing life. I went from rigid, too flexible planning a now approach each week with a flexible goal of squeezing as much deep work toward my goal, as is practically possible somewhere a squeeze in more than others. Every week looks different. Both consistent is Adam, racking up, devours and watching my paper story into coming. other, because I am confident that I know how to accomplish my goal in my efforts to do so are succeeding. Each week, my brain remains a supporter summary hard scheduling, rules right every day work on research for one hour each morning exercise ten hours a week deployed in isolation will lead
crossing as soon as you start to violate them, which you, almost They will do at this point. The bigger goal, the rule Support Wilson, Apart from this same motivation, drop two lovers: the cycle you have your brain any. Do instead shoes, clear goals that you clearly know how to accomplish, and then approach scheduling with flexibility, the aggressive There remain ground in the reality of your schedule. If your mind things have a good goal and seas short term plans are working. It will keep me motivated towards completion.
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Who could they can't ignore? You, like yesterday, is one that hit home big time for me of always try to stick to daily things like this by gas, for example, or exercise a little every day learn a language a little every day, but the slip up is what always gets me and it's easy to fall into the trap of. Oh, I, Mr Day, I guess again miss another day or five or ten approaching scheduling with flexibility is so important, because things happen in life. They will happen to keep that in mind. I know I have to, but I'll do it for today. Thank you for listening and sticking around until the end have a great weekend. If you're listening in real time and I'll see you tomorrow as usual or you're out to my life away,
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