This very simple idea is one of the best productivity hacks I have heard in a long while. It is so simple to implement and it has the potential to really improve your workflow.
Last night, I was accidentally watching a show in TV, which I normally try to avoid. I usually find it to be a waste of time. But yesterday I ended up watching it anyways, because someone else put it on. In the end of the show, 3 celebreties, one of them a famous and controversial Danish poet, had to come up with a creative ending for the show.
“When I’m writing, I make sure to always stop while I’m still in the zone. It makes it a lot easier to get started the next day.“
Long story, short. At one point the poet, Jørgen Leth, said something that really resonated with me, but never occurred to me. He said: “When I’m writing, I make sure to always stop while I’m still in the zone. It makes it a lot easier to get started the next day.”
Wow! There is a saying that you have to “strike while the iron is hot” and I always assumed that it applied to writing as well. I never questioned it. When I am in the zone, I don’t want to stop. I want to get as much done as possible, while I have the chance. However, getting into the zone has always been a mystery to me. After endless staring at the screen, all over sudden I end up in “the zone” without knowing why. At least sometimes. What if, once I am in the zone, I could just leave a door open for the next day, so to say?
There is a saying that you have to “strike while the iron is hot” and I always assumed that it applied to writing as well. I never questioned it.
Well, that would make it a lot more tempting to sit down and get something done. Imagine that right before you write down that really great idea you have, you postpone it until tomorrow. It will stay in your head and you simply can’t wait to get it “down on paper”. Next morning, you jump right into the zone.
To good to be true?