Best time management books according to redditors

We found 320 Reddit comments discussing the best time management books. We ranked the 45 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Personal Time Management:

u/IvicaMil · 51 pointsr/getdisciplined

As a psychologist, I completely agree with this concept. People might tend to think that being hard on yourself is a way to boost productivity, but in the long run, it's almost always harmful. Negative judgment of any kind is a mechanism that stops a person from changing and growing, which is how procrastination (or any other emotional issue) is gradually resolved.

The process of mindfulness and then acceptance is the way that leads towards changing the same time-wasting behavior. I wrote a short book on using these principles to overcome procrastination - in my experience, it tends to provide individuals with a different perspective (like the NY Times article) than the regular notion that wasting time is an organizational or self-control problem.

u/amazon-converter-bot · 13 pointsr/FreeEBOOKS

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u/sockpuppet5 · 12 pointsr/ShittyLifeProTips

Good idea! I didn't follow this tip, and I ended up buying this book which I haven't got around to reading. If I had followed your tip, I would have saved $16.

u/smom · 10 pointsr/konmari

You should really read 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam . It has great worksheets and questions to help you clarify your time to what you really want. I truly consider it a KonMari type book for your schedule. Good luck!

u/forethoughtless · 8 pointsr/ADHD

Parenting is a full-time job!! It boggles my mind that a stay at home parent with a child that needs pretty much constant attention (i.e. isn't yet autonomous enough to entertain themselves or be left alone safely for very long) is expected to cook, clean, and otherwise maintain the household flawlessly on top of that! I see that pattern quite a bit on /r/relationships!

I got a lot of value out of this book. Its value is limited to me at this time since I'm a recent grad living at home, but it has some great tips for organizing from someone who really seems to "get" ADHD - she doesn't have it but has worked with a lot of people who do. Most of it boils down to making things as easy as possible: e.g. reducing your cookware to minimize the stacking and nesting that can occur in cupboards and on shelves, not using separate laundry hampers and baskets, ways to prevent paper piles from building up around the house, stuff like that. Cutting down on those "intermediate steps" is a big focus. She covers every room and includes tips for laundry and handling kids' toys/laundry/room as well. It's something I am going to refer to periodically and IMO it would be helpful for any busy household where time for "picking up" is in short supply, really.

Plus the book is made to be easy to read with little highlighted "post its" throughout with main ideas and tips. I think she even warns you in the intro to not try to read the entire book in one sitting and then try to change everything at once, haha.

u/andreamw · 6 pointsr/financialindependence

I used to religiously follow Laura Vanderkam and her time budgeting methodologies (so much so I'm quoted in one of her books).

It's a good self-check, but it isn't something to monitor the way you do finances.

u/admitbraindotcom · 5 pointsr/MBA
  • A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics - As concise as it promises & super accessible, I can't imagine a better primer to macro. this is required reading at HBS (where the author teaches)

  • The Productivity Project - I'm working thru this now in audio book form. The guy took a year off after college to experiment w/ diff't productivity systems. it's a nice overview of lots of different productivity gurus/techniques

  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller - the perfect read for the aspiring tycoon about the greatest CEO of them all, the man for whom anti-trust laws were first written.

  • House of Morgan - or for the financially inclined, the original rainmaker, James Pierpont Morgan. My favorite part of this one is that it's actually a pretty thorough history of investment banking from 1900 - ~1990.

    But really, I think 'just relax' is best here, so:

  • Diversify your interests
  • Read some books you've always wanted to that have no obvious connections to self-improvement
  • learn to code, build something dope, then start a company (okay, not 'relaxing,' but still great)
  • whittle something (maybe also start a company with that, somehow)
  • date someone out of your league
  • volunteer somewhere unglamorous doing something hard & thankless

    etc etc etc
u/charlotte47 · 5 pointsr/ADHD

I hesitated clicking on this link because it's something that I struggle with more than anything. My anxiety coupled with ADHD leads to feelings of shame for me, which just leads to avoidance, more shame and is a horrible cycle.

People telling you to "just do it!" can leave to be honest.

Even though it wasn't specifically about ADHD, I found this book to be amazing and very helpful. It hit the nail on the head with a lot of my issues with anxiety and shame.

u/funkengruven88 · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I found out I had ADHD recently. It made alll the years of me hearing this sort of thing from my parents suddenly make sense. Now I'm working with my mental fuckup and actually feel hopeful for once.

The behavior you are describing in your post are all technically symptoms, so I dunno, worth a shot at diagnosis.

I linked some things, check them out and see if the symptoms apply to you:

Adult ADHD symtom checklist, Wikipedia diagnosis list, and I started reading This book, which really opened my eyes to some of the effects in daily life.

If you ARE ADHD, then all this self-help stuff people are telling you in this thread is mostly meaningless, because you actually have something in your mind, fighting you the whole way. You might need some adderall or ritalin to actually be functional.

ADHD or not, I wish you the best, and I hope it all works out, man.

Be well.

u/Tryingmybestplease · 3 pointsr/Adulting

Congrats on improving your habits!

This may be your new favorite site/app:

There are also some awesome apps that can help you with reminders and keep you motivated —

OurHome - chores and rewards by Cape Horizon Pty. Ltd.

Tody by LoopLoop

This book may also help:

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, 2nd Edition-Revised and Updated: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized

Kitchen timers will be your best friend. Keep yourself motivated for 15-min chunks of cleaning with rewards.

u/5edgy · 3 pointsr/ADHD

This sounds like something the Organizing for ADHD book would recommend (! Love it. She emphasizes efficiency of effort over efficiency of space and other considerations like aesthetics.

u/TanyaMyk · 3 pointsr/ADHD
  • Because I'm poor, I borrowed this book from the library. I don't even remember what the content of the book was anymore, I just remember thinking that it was SO INSIGHTFUL and I definitely recommend it.
  • I also recommend Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD. After borrowing it 3 summers in a row, I bought it and keep it around as a reference.
u/Jerigord · 3 pointsr/YAwriters

Another couple things popped in my head since I posted.

I listen to Writing Excuses a lot and last year they had Mette Ivie Harrison on as a guest. She promoted her book, 21 Reasons You Think You Don't Have Time to Write, which helped me balance some parts of my life (and also made me feel like a better parent).

The other thing I wanted to say was already said by /u/HarlequinValentine and that is that you don't have to write every single day. You can, but the key is to be consistent. I also thought that if other people can do it, then I can too. My personal model for this was Dan Wells (again from the Writing Excuses podcast). He wrote his first couple books while working a full time job with kids. If he could do it, then I could do it.

u/vampedvixen · 3 pointsr/nanowrimo

Sprint against yourself. Got ten minutes of time? See how many words you get to during that time. Race!

Use every possible minute you have available. Stuck in line at the grocery store? Take out your notebook. Got some time to kill before class starts? Don't talk to your classmates, write your novel. Waiting for the bus? Write, write, write!

Before November even comes, see if you can set a clear schedule for yourself and cut out whatever doesn't necessarily need to get done. Sometimes seeing your schedule on paper will give you some idea of what is absolutely necessary as well as show some gaps of time where you can get some writing done.

Catch up on the weekends! Marathons are perfect for these days.

If you've got a kindle you might want to check out this book: -- It was really informative on this topic.

u/chiguires · 2 pointsr/ADHD

I work in 12 minute increments: 12 minutes on - 5 minutes break (for reddit, email, texting etc). I have a timer. I tell myself that I only have to work for 12 minutes and if I don't want to keep working, I can stop. 12 minutes seems short and nonthreatening enough to get over the initial failure-to-launch motivation issue (15 minutes seems too long), and long enough to actually get started on something and realize I feel better just having started. Often I will just keep going and break only every other 12-minutes.

Also, I found the book The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents helpful.

u/applejade · 2 pointsr/bulletjournal

There aren't any that I know of. I'm looking for them too.

I found some black page blank notebooks on, some had a cute cover cartoons, some were just plain black. I haven't figured out how I'd put in my layouts...

And there's this one on but it's quite a bit larger and perfect/thermal bound, so won't sit flat.

u/Ninja-Lawyer · 2 pointsr/writing

The book Around the Writer's Block helped me. Basically, the advice was turn writing into a habit (there's more steps to it then that, but that's the end goal) so you don't even have to think about it, you just automatically start doing it.

The other thing, maybe really think about your mental state, and whether or not you have untreated depression or anxiety, and not just writer's block. There's description online everywhere about the signs of each, and I'd take a peak at those. Neither one is great to leave untreated since it'll just get worse over time, and they'll make writing that much harder.

u/inandoutoftherain · 2 pointsr/ADHD

I got this book out from the library a few months ago - - managed to finally let go of 3 bags full of knickknacks.

there's a new edition coming out in june - hold out and buy that one if you like and borrow this at the moment. maybe stop buying new stuff till you handle the current mess.

u/outofshell · 2 pointsr/declutter

You might find it helpful to read books on organizing for people with ADHD (I read a good one a few years ago; I think it was this one?). Regardless of whether or not you have an ADHD brain, there are some great tips for those of us who are memory-challenged and out-of-sight-out-of-mind types.

Personally, I like to be able to see things I use regularly and so have a lot of things out in the open. I even removed the doors from most of my closets and storage areas. I organize things into clear plastic bins, organizers and containers, and label a lot of things. Yeah I love the peaceful feeling of a clear surface, but that is not feasible for my brain for every area of the house. Instead, I designate a few pieces of furniture as "no pile zones", so I can still enjoy some of those serene spaces without sacrificing practicality.

If you did something like that, you could have a surface that only holds one or two of your nice candles and maybe a vase or potted plant, but that's it. The scissors and pens need another well-organized home.

u/Mumdot · 2 pointsr/BipolarReddit

This book really helped me - its full of useful tips like giving yourself permission not to be neat as long as things are organized in a system that you will use. For me this is open bins where I throw clean dish towels without having to fold them first and a dozen or so pairs of the same black socks so I don't have to match them. Now those things get put away because they don't take a lot of time to think about

u/KlfJoat · 2 pointsr/ADHD

There's a book on ADD organizing that is everything you could ever want in an ADD book.

The problem is, all the people who write ADD books tend to be super serious professionals... MD's and PhD's and social workers and such. Their own peers would look down upon them for writing books with wide margins, colorful diagrams, pictures, glossy pages, a bunch of offset text, and the like.

No organizer peer group would look down on such a book.

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u/raininmywindow · 2 pointsr/ADHD

For your organisational problems I'd suggest reading Susan C. Pinsky's book on organising for people with adhd. She's got a ton of different tricks and tips, like either getting clear boxes or doing away with boxes so you can actually see what items are where.

It's helped me a lot with seeing that just because something is usually done a certain way it doesn't mean that's the best way to do it (certainly if you're neurodivergent). Not all of her advice will be helpful, but I've found most of it relevant to me specifically, or at least interesting to think about.


As for automation, I've found it helps to use apps for certain things like cooking. I use mealime for that, it lets me choose a weekplan for meals, then gives me all the groceries I need and the cooking instructions are step by step.

I'm not really in a position where a robot vacuum is feasible, but I did get a stick vacuum that makes much less noise than my old one, which makes it easier to keep my room clean because I don't hate vacuuming as much.

Luckily bills are mostly automated here, and if they aren't I can set it up. It helps a ton!

u/RainbowBrittle · 2 pointsr/TwoXADHD

That's interesting--I'm nursing right now, and got PPD or something similar, and the only thing I can take is Sertraline (generic Zoloft). I wasn't diagnosed with ADD until my early 20's, when college failures put me into a deep depression.

I just had my sertraline dosage upped, and it keeps me happier for sure--I'm not just sitting and staring into space because I have no energy. Now I am sitting and staring into space because I'm distracted!

Medication helps a LOT, for sure. I just get my Adderall from my primary care doc.

BUT-- it's really important to develop habits and use strategies that will also keep you on track. I really liked, and look forward to once again (bf'ing will be done in December) having a guaranteed block of time where I am focused. But stimulant medication wears off, so you don't want your life to totally fall apart at night!

Developing a habit of using lists, calendars, etc.--whatever works for you--will probably be one of the most important things you can do . Also try a book like this for ideas.

Best of luck to you!

u/HTIW · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

Lots of good recommendations in this thread: Mindset, War of Art, Power of Habit, Deep Work are all great. My recent favorite is The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey. I listened to the audiobook and found it very engaging and helpful. I ended up having to put in digital bookmarks all over the place and then relisten at night so that I could make notes. Lots of practical ideas, several of which I've implemented and that have made a measurable impact. Here;s the beginning of the Amazon description:
Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen. Among the experiments that he tackled: Bailey went several weeks with getting by on little to no sleep; he cut out caffeine and sugar; he lived in total isolation for 10 days; he used his smartphone for just an hour a day for three months; he gained ten pounds of muscle mass; he stretched his work week to 90 hours; a late riser, he got up at 5:30 every morning for three months—all the while monitoring the impact of his experiments on the quality and quantity of his work. ....

u/kevinzy · 2 pointsr/eFreebies

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u/Neville_Lynwood · 1 pointr/eFreebies

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u/blissdancefly · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Welcome!! Happy belated birthday! I hope you're recovering well from your surgery!

If you had to drink only one beverage for the rest of your life (aside form water) what would it be? What is your favorite animal? Do you have any pets? Do you have pictures of said pets? What type of music do you like? I'll stop asking questions now.

I would love a used copy of this book because it sounds fascinating to me.

u/vomitz · 1 pointr/AcademicPsychology

Time Warped goes pretty in depth. Going to her citations might be a good place to start

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/Drugs

Try coaching if you haven't already considered that option. I've read that coaching in conjunction with medication has a higher treatment success rate than medication or coaching alone. This book helped me shed some light on the subject of coaching and coping with ADHD.

To answer your question, Stratera would be a good alternative but it can leave you very lethargic. Two of my friends were prescribed stratera and they said it was like being in a cage and they didn't want to do anything if they weren't given a task. Always consult your doctor though because what we say doesn't add up to shit being that everyone reacts differently to medication.

u/blackmirrorlight · 1 pointr/productivity

Book and website that deals with a guy's one year investigation or experiment in this area.

u/BarefootAlot · 1 pointr/StudentNurse

This one!

It's not one of those ones that's geared towards nursing, but I never felt like I needed lab values in my planner or anything like that. I just like that it's easy to tote around and the sections help me see what my day really looks like and prioritize.

*Edit for actually putting in the link this time.

u/neverlandishome · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. I have run a dozen half marathons since I started running in August 2012. When I started I could barely run a mile.
  2. I don't use a physical planner right now. When I did, I used this one and was absolutely obsessed with it.
  3. She talks about that planner in this blog post. And other good organizing things for goal reaching.
  4. HabitRPG. All the way. Gamification works for me.
  5. MOAR RUNNING! (seriously. I've failed off the wagon these last two months, so I have to up my game.)
  6. These earrings were made by the guy who made my engagement ring. So pretty. So delicate.
u/lezzles11 · 1 pointr/selfimprovement
u/action_lawyer_comics · 1 pointr/aftergifted

Yeah, working full time and being creative can be tough. There's always something else to do, and if you spend a glorious hour creating, you end up feeling guilty that you "wasted" that time when you could have been cleaning the house or walking the dog.

I feel your pain. I spent an hour today watching a tutorial and trying (and failing) to draw a nice curved line in a drawing program. It feels like I'm wasting time and accomplishing nothing, even while the objective part of my brain knows I have to learn how to use the tools before doing something truly creative.

I will say this: doing something creative as an adult, while we have a ton of other responsibilities, requires commitment. You have to treat it like an unpaid, part-time job. You have to put time in, consistently. You won't get good messing around for hour hours one day a month, you have to put work in regularly, every few days if not daily, to build skills to get to the point to where you can do the interesting stuff. This quote by Ira Glass sums it up nicely. You will get better, but you HAVE to work at it.

I'm going to do something else kinda unorthodox, I'm going to recommend a book to you. Around the Writer's Block by Roseanne Bane. This isn't some touchy-feely, follow your muse writer's guide, but a book on time management for creative endeavors. It's directed to writing, but the principals are pretty universal. Figure out when you are most creative. Block that time out to do your art. Recharge your creative energy. It gives concrete advice on how to achieve nebulous goals. If you want to make art, and you are prepared to spend time consistently to improve, then this book will tell you how to make that happen efficiently.

Good luck!

u/geoelectric · 1 pointr/ADHD

So you don't eventually get a nasty surprise, think Bose is a 50% partial trade in credit on malfunctioning headphones once you're out of warranty. I'm not sure you have to buy directly from them initially--think you can trade in a set from anywhere though obviously you'd have to buy the new set from them.

Stellar post, btw. Some of your solutions resemble things I learned in Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD. I'd recommend it as a good read to people wanting to simplify.

* looking online, depends on age of the headphones.

u/alittleperil · 1 pointr/girlsgonewired

Knowing what you're working with really helps determine what strategies to try first. It also helps you forgive yourself for having trouble with tasks that are not going to be in your wheelhouse. For me, knowing I'm not 'failing' to be organized, I'm succeeding at being semi-organized, means I can be kinder to myself for forgetting a doctor's appointment.

I rely a lot on bright colors to help organize things, though my apartment seems yet to have succumbed to the 'colorization is a good proxy for organization' theory. For example, I color the tops of pill containers according to when they need to be taken (blue for night, orange for morning, purple for as-needed), so they can all be thrown into a clear bin on the table in a disorganized pile, which is an improvement on not knowing where they were at all. Sometimes I'd find one in the kitchen. Basically, since I'm never going to be good at 'everything has a place' I try to maintain more of an 'everything has a general region'.

Doodles are excellent! Da Vinci would be proud. If you can, have your doodles saying things in word bubbles that were especially important in the lecture. Also, if you need to not be doodling for something, consider getting a fidget toy, there are a ton of different kinds on the market as people get more comfortable with kids fidgeting a little to help them stay in their seats and stay focused, and they're starting to get marketed to adults. Try getting a multi-pack that includes a flippy chain

Figuring out the right balance of occupied attention and difficulty of task takes a bit, but if you have a kind of task you do regularly, eventually you figure something out and can get into a groove. Then you just have to make sure you don't get distracted before you start your routine :) Sometimes, if it's a task that requires sporadic focus, I have to make sure it's an audiobook I know well to hit that balance.

There are a ton of organizing tips for us, but not all solutions will work for all people. And someday I will actually finish this book.

u/vonikay · 1 pointr/ADHD

I know this is not the advice you're looking for, but I always found tidying (and cleaning) very difficult but I implemented the advice in this book and I've found it way easier now, I can do it without thinking! Might be useful if you're looking for other solutions? :)

u/sixtyorange · 1 pointr/ADHD

(Most of this is adapted advice from this book. I'm still a work in progress on this myself so this advice is as much for me as it is for you)

The big wins are going to be to make it easier to throw things away, put things away, and clean. Basically think in terms of rationing your attention "spoons." Don't waste valuable attention on low-priority, "nice-to-have" stuff. Maximize efficiency.

For the first one, are your trash cans large enough? Are there trash cans in enough locations? Are the trash bags right there or do you have to hunt for them to change the bag?

For the second one, when you're putting stuff away, is there actually a consistent place that everything goes? Or do you have to kind of wing it every time because you have too much stuff per unit of storage space?

The solution here is to make more storage space (preferably open space, like cubbies or shelves), and also ruthlessly, brutally, totally purge anything inessential. Donate, put out on the front step, throw away, recycle. Stuff in the "might use someday" category is a giant red flag for "give or throw this away." Getting a body double can help for these big organization/purge sequences.

Also, how many steps are involved in putting stuff away? Open containers are better, because you don't have to open or close a door. Anything fiddly or involved (like having to stack and unstack things) is disastrous because realistically, you just won't do it. Ideally, you should almost be able to fling stuff into place from wherever it is in the room. Having stuff organized in a more "open" plan may be a little less "Martha Stewart," but it can still look nice and organized, and it is way easier.

For the third one, do you have storage space for everything that's not "in a pile on the floor"? If things are in piles, you can't sweep and mop easily. If there's lots of crap around your bed or if it's totally crammed into the corner, your bed will be harder to make and you won't do it as much.

And can you simplify your sweeping/mopping/vacuuming routine? Swiffer-style mops with disposable cloths and the kind of cleaner you just squirt on the floor may cost a bit more, but if it saves you time and aggravation, it may be worth it. If your nemesis is the dishes, maybe get some compostable plates/silverware. Or, put almost all of your dishes in storage except for one or two sets, so they can't possibly build up. Bring the rest out only when you have company.

Basically, release yourself from the pressure of living up to a neurotypical person's standards for aesthetics and perfect environmental-friendliness in housekeeping. That stuff is for people with attention, time, and energy to spare. Focus on efficiency.

u/PineToot · 1 pointr/Parenting

I’m not sure what resources you’ve tapped into for your ADHD kiddo but I recommend this book to anyone fighting the good fight.

Edit: I have an ADHD 7 year old and two pre school aged kids so I definitely feel your pain.

u/jennile · 1 pointr/ADHD

Read several books on organizing for ADHD. When I was diagnosed, I read Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD and ADD Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. Out of all the organizing books I've read my whole life to deal with my brain (and I've read ton because I REALLY hated people criticizing me for my messiness and carelessness), the readability and the solutions are tailored to the ADHD brain. I hope these help you get some good ideas!

u/KitsuneA · 1 pointr/ADHD

Have you worked with a doctor or therapist on treatment/coping?

I don't know your gender, background, work, location etc, but I have found a lot of great information in books/article.

This is a great book for anyone which helps with organization. Being better organized in general might help raise your threshold when dealing with social situations if you haven't used up you 'stimulus bank' on a chaotic environment.

This is a great book for women with ADHD. It's changing my life.

One of the most important things I'm learning is how a lifetime of not living up to expectations (of myself, society, family etc) has led me to develop a lot of intense feelings of guilt and shame. I am working on reversing that and forgiving myself when I do make mistake or reach the point of overs-stimulation.

Finally, with work, again depending on your location, you may be able to request reasonable accommodation. The caveat here is that you'll need a medical diagnosis.

u/brian15co · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

Here you go.. I haven't read them yet, Let me know what you think if you get to them first. I just finished Mastery by Robert Greene and it was pretty incredible. It really hit home since I don't know what the shit I'm doing with my life yet

Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD

Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

u/Katressl · 1 pointr/productivity

I'm familiar with this problem too. There are a few things I have learned (and am still trying to better apply). My apologies if any of this is already familiar to you:

  • Use your time in more productive ways by figuring out which times of the day you do best with different types of tasks. A lot of productivity experts encourage this. Most people are at their best with brain-work (creativity, problem-solving, etc.) in the first few hours of the day. If that's true for you, make your checklist the evening before so you can get right to it. Most people also are the least effective in the early afternoon, right after lunch, and tend to have that zoning out effect or even nod off. This is a good time to do simple tasks, like making calls, responding to emails, or filling out paperwork. Scheduling meetings around this time can be helpful too as engaging with others can keep your mind active, unless the meeting requires heavy group problem-solving or brainstorming. People who work long days like yours tend to get a second wind in the late afternoon/early evening, so that's the time to get back at those brain-work tasks, though you might choose ones that are slightly less demanding if you're not feeling super focused. This is also the time to review what you've done that day and determine what you need to do the next day. (*I'll come back to this in my last point.)

  • When you start to feel like you're zoning out and can't refocus, take a break. Go for a walk for five minutes, drink or eat something cold (that will help energize you), do some stretches, etc. Avoid looking at a screen during these breaks. Your mind needs to do something different. If you're like me and need external input for your mental health, listen to an audiobook or podcast during your break so you're still not looking at a screen. Have a few selected ahead of time and ready to go before your day starts so you don't spend five minutes choosing a podcast episode. (Yes, I've done this too many times.) Getting sunlight is VERY helpful and one of the best ways to re-energize. If it's pouring rain or truly too cold to go out, try a blue light bulb or SADD light to simulate sunlight.

  • I agree with others about taking regular breaks, and Pomodoro can be really helpful. It hasn't worked for me, however, as it takes me about twenty minutes to get into a groove with my work. If that's the case for you, try the rule of 52 and 17, in which you focus intently on work for 52 minutes, then take a break for 17 minutes. Alternatively, some people do better with sprints of 90–120 minutes with a 20–30 minute break. It's likely you'll get more done overall taking more regular breaks because you won't zone out as much or have to do as much revising of your work due to being burnt out when you did it.

  • Plan your downtime activities ahead. Even if it's just chilling with Netflix, giving it a structure like your day can make it feel more rewarding. You get to tell yourself "I checked off season 2, episode 3," so you don't have to shift so far out of your work mindset that your mind resists. Also, doing something simple with your hands during your downtime can help you relax. Knit, crochet, doodle, color (huzzah for adult coloring books!), etc., even while watching TV.

    -*This isn't going to happen in the immediate future, as it will take its own work to implement and you don't have time during your current project. But setting up effective planning and checklists can make a huge difference. First, spend some time observing your energy levels and most effective times of the day. Chris Bailey lays out a great method for this and offers a spreadsheet for it in The Productivity Project, but you can also come up with your own ways to track it. Second, use those observations in your reviewing/planning process. There are a lot of different ways to plan your time, but I like to do this: on Sunday, I sketch out a general plan for the week, alotting only six items per day (though I do more if I get everything done) based on my master project/task list. Each morning I check in with myself to see how I'm feeling (I have a chronic illness) each and adjust my plan accordingly. Then I reevaluate the next day's plan at the end of the day based on what I've accomplished. That last step involves reviewing how things went, reassessing urgency if necessary, scheduling new tasks that have arisen, etc. I also stay attentive to the types of tasks when I'm doing my planning. Because of my illness, I associate very minute function levels with each task, but I think most people could just assign energy and focus requirements to each task and plan the tasks based on their focus cycles. Setting up some kind of planning process will help you focus on quality of work the next time you're in the midst of a long-term, demanding project.
u/smutforcash · 1 pointr/eroticauthors

Writers block is a myth. Just write. I struggle with sitting down and doing it myself but it's not lack of creativity it's lack of sitting down and writing. Here's my two cents (most of which I need to follow myself!)

-Read [The War Of Art] ( (or Turning Pro) By James Pressfield. I keep a copy of both near the toilet and it always sets me straight. He talks a lot about what he calls resistance, which is what I now believe in, instead of writers block. Really, really good stuff.

-Dictation can he HUGE if you like doing it. I type really fast so I don't have as much incentive to give it a go but more and more authors seem to be moving in that direction. I read [this] ( and found it to be a no nonsense guide on getting set up for a life of dictation.

-Write in the morning, before you do anything else. We only have so much mental energy every day if you're waiting till the end of the day to write you're going to find yourself drawing on thin reserves. This is the one I have to work on the most. I want to start getting up at 5am every day to write. I'll try again tomorrow!

u/SecretSinner · 1 pointr/eroticauthors

I'm currently reading Monica Leonelle Write Better, Faster. She swears by dictation and wrote a book on that too: Dictate Your Book. May be worth checking out.

I haven't tried it yet myself but I plan to.

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