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Increase Your Productivity by Wearing One Hat at a Time
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Maria Murnane
February 2018
Contributor
Written by
Maria Murnane
February 2018

There's so much more that goes into being an "author" than just writing. There's also rewriting, researching, editing, proofreading, etc. Then there's the marketing side of things, which is a completely different beast. Social media alone can feel like a bottomless well of "things I should be doing."

My proclivity is to bounce around between various functions, a habit I'm trying to get away from because I'm much more productive when I focus on one thing at a time. For example, I've learned that if I'm writing a scene about a dinner party and stop to look up a lasagna recipe to make sure I get it right, BOOM! Suddenly I'm checking my email, looking at my Twitter feed, checking flights to go visit my parents, making a snack, etc. My momentum is lost, and I didn't even do it out of procrastination.

Does this happen to you?

One trick I've learned to keep myself focused is to use ALL CAPS to remind myself that I need to look something up later. For example, my pages might be sprinkled with the following:

  • INSERT SOMETHING ABOUT HOW TO PREPARE A LASAGNA.
  • HAVE I USED THIS DESCRIPTION BEFORE?
  • WHICH HOTEL IS ACROSS FROM CAESARS ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP?
  • DID SHE ALREADY WEAR THE PINK DRESS?
  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FLY TO PARIS?

In each of the above examples, if I'd stopped to look things up, I'd have fallen down the rabbit hole, guaranteed. By using the ALL CAPS technique, I can wear my writing hat now and exercise my creativity without interruption. Then later, when I'm ready to move to a new function, I can put on my research or editing hat, revisit those caps, and get back to work.

-Maria

Maria Murnane writes bestselling novels about life, love and friendship. Have questions? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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  • Maria, I laughed out loud when I read this post. That's me you're describing! I get more emails read during my writing time!

    Instead of caps, though, I insert √mark, which is less distracting to me and easily searchable later.
    Thanks for the post!
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