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Time Management for Writers
The Stopwatch Method
for Massive Creative Productivity
should be easy.
Time is a free force. It’s up for grabs.
It just happens, whether you do anything about it or not.
Time moves in its own way
unless we somehow capture it.
The trick is where do you ﬁnd
that free time?
Where do you ﬁnd the time
to get your most important work
done every day?
Here’s the secret :
Busy people make time,
for the activities they decide
Maybe you’d be surprised—or maybe not
—that most people have no idea where the time goes.
Make the clock of life
YOUR clock !
“The only chronograph I carry around with me
is one that allows me to make life’s clock my clock :
The Stop Watch Method
of Time Management
The stopwatch method of time
management is simple.
You use it to capture time, to
make sure that your Priority Writing
Project is getting the amount of
attention you want to give it to
move it—and your career
success—ahead with certainty.
The Stop Watch Method of Time Management
Simply promise yourself you won’t go to sleep at night
until, by hook or by crook, you’ve clocked
on your stopwatch one hour of working
on Priority Writing Project.
Turn the stopwatch ON when you’re working on it,
and OFF when you get interrupted.
You steal time when you can: waiting at the dentist’s,
commuting to the ferry, when your lunch appointment
hasn’t shown up yet, when your cell phone dies, etc.
How do you know
how much time to devote
to your Priority Writing Project
?—or to any activity, for that matter
The trick is to determine what the
Optimum Attention Span (OAS) is
for that Priority Writing Project.
At the start of any project, OAS tends to be smaller;
as the project gains momentum and begins to appear
reachable, your OAS expands.
So when you start planning to write that novel,
nonﬁction books, or screenplay, give yourself
30-45 minutes on the stopwatch during the ﬁrst week.
But reassess OAS at the end of each week
because OAS changes and evolves.
Optimum Attention Span (OAS)
Isn’t it hard to work in
ﬁts and starts?
The answer is that it’s actually easier
to work that way than it is to work
without stopping if you employ my
time-management technique of linkage.
You might very well ask that very good question.
How linkage works
The phone rings, so you have
to turn oﬀ your stopwatch. But
you let it ring one or two more times,
taking that time to make
a mental decision about
what you’ll do when your stopwatch
is running again—that is,
in your next Priority Writing Project
And here’s an interesting secret:
it doesn’t matter what decision you make
when you turn the stopwatch back on.
You’ve created an automatic linkage—
that makes restarting no longer an occasion for blockage.
Instead, you’re fully ready to jump in and get as much
out of that next session as possible
before it’s interrupted by life’s next distraction.
How linkage works
The STOPWATCH METHOD
will truly make the clock of life,
It’s the magic writing pill.
Click here to learn more!