The Productivity Problem #MondayBlogs #Amwriting

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I had all these plans. Plans for my second non-fiction book to be about heroes or maybe characters more generally.

But like Lennon said,

“Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.” 

And no matter what I do, it’s not characters I’m thinking about. It’s productivity. I mean, just two weeks ago, I wrote about productivity and Cal Newport’s book Deep Work.

I guess now I understand the phrase write what you know. Productivity is where my focus is at, so writing about anything else is proving difficult.

I feel like Jim Carrey in Liar Liar, when he’s desperate to tell a simple lie: he wants to say the pen is red when it’s blue. 

Only I’m trying to convince myself the next book I write is on characters when all that keeps coming out is productivity.


Don’t you hate it when that happens?

“They see productivity as a scientific problem to systematically solve-” Cal Newport, DEEP WORK p.39

That was one of the quotes from two weeks ago, and I’m still thinking about it. See non-fiction books solve problems. I NEED to solve the productivity problemI guess in the end, you have to face the fact the pen is blue and I have to write the damn book on productivity.

Which means I need your help.

I like doing research before I embark on a non-fiction project so that whatever I craft is fit for purpose. So below is a survey on productivity. With questions on your writing style, techniques, and problems. I’d be super grateful if you’d help me out and fill it in. It’s completely anonymous, I won’t know who you are 😀 and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Let me know what your best tip for productivity is in the comments.



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    1. Uh oh, not at all my goal, I want to help everyone. Thing is we can only do our best, whatever way you’re doing is right for you, now. There is no magic bullet, just lots of mini ones!

  1. I know it wasn’t your goal, but this post and survey was truly eye-opening and motivating. Time to set some goals and get writing. Thanks!

  2. I approve of this redirection – not that you asked. While I still think that another book on characterization would fit with what you’ve already written, I think there are many who would benefit from your style / tough love approach on productivity.

    1. BAHAHAA I just snorted out loud! This is why I love you. I mean basically I was just jealous that you had a secret book, so I had to make a secret book of my own, except cats out of the bag and it isn’t so secret any more! :p

      I will do that other book. But apparently productivity screamed louder. What’s an author to do? *shrug*

  3. “Do you struggle with productivity?” Is this a trick question?

    Is there an “All of the above” option?

    So cool that you’re writing this! I’ll be back to fill your survey out. Anonymous, my ass. You’ll totally know which one is mine. O_o

    1. LOL to all of the above, you do make me laugh. I’ve added email address columns now in case people want to sign up to hear about the book so not as anonymous, but LOL earlier today there were a few anonymous ones that I spotted who they were!

          1. Except important stuff like sorting the plants in the garden, deciding which we’ll take with us and which we’ll leave, potting up the lucky winners. I hate it!

  4. All done even though the caption on that first gif nearly had me snorting fit to invert my spleen – then i noticed the tiny gap between the last 2 words… *off to the opticians

      1. Not to shamelessly self promote or anything, but my post on Monday was a bit about procrastination/disorganisation… Not sure if it would help your research at all… Procrastination is something I am VERY familiar with! Haha

  5. I’ve got to go to work. Sigh. That’s whats getting in the way of my productivity! But, will fill this in later Sacha and try to remember to share to my Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook.

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