Get a Life, PhD: How to Be Productive by Writing Two Hours a Day

Posted: April 23, 2015 in graffiti living, links
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“If you want to become a concert pianist, do it every day. You want to be a writer, do it every day. You want to become depressed, think depressing thoughts every day. You want to become an optimist, think a cheerful thought every day. Do it every day.” – Robert Anton Wilson

You’ve probably heard a million times the advice to write every day. But you should write every day.

Tanya Golash-Boza is a faculty member whose blog Get a Life, PhD gives advice, support and inspiration to academics and tips on how to survive academia.

Her post How to Be Productive by Writing Two Hours a Day offers great advice that applies to all writers:

I have tried many different ways of convincing writers that it is much better to write for two hours a day and move on to other things than to try incessantly to write all day without success. The former leads to feeling accomplished and productive on a daily basis, whereas the latter leads to burnout and less productivity. It may not make sense, but it is true: writing for two hours a day is a much more effective long-term strategy than trying to write for eight.

via Get a Life, PhD: How to Be Productive by Writing Two Hours a Day.

This strategy works.

The key is to write a little every day. It’s far better to write two hours a day than ten hours once a week.

Last year, I wrote every day. This year, I’m blogging every day. Maybe next year I’ll write something worth reading.

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