Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ready, Pick a Task, Pick a Time Limit, Write, Finish

How much time to you allocate to a given task? Do you just write and work until a task is done? That can be effective, focusing on the process of writing, allowing yourself to sink into the work and not consider time limits. Yet, some people have a hard time with perfectionism, and will work on something so long that they really never finish, or take time working on endless revisions that don't really improve a paper significantly. Try instead to pick a time limit that to which you must adhere.

Pick a time limit, write, finish.

If you are having a hard time letting go of the task, see if you can find someone to act as an accountability partner to help you let it go. Many time, people find that using time limits that seem too short actually improves the quality of their work.

Try it.

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