Upside-down To-do Lists

By Alina Chase My never-ending attempts to stay focused on priorities (and submit this blog on time!) led to a brilliant alternative to traditional to-do lists. Do them backwards.   Traditional agendas sound like a fine way to organize time.  But if you’re as overly optimistic as I am, they’re little more than guilt-inducing wastes […]

Rate this:

Tune In To Your Rhythms

By Alina Chase ——————- We all have daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms. Working with them is one of the most painless ways to increase productivity. Write when we write best, and relieve ourselves of guilt-inducing deadlines when we know our creative energy wanes. This sounds simple. So why is it so hard to do? We […]

Rate this:

More (Productive) Writing Time: Partitioning

By Alina Chase Partitioning both your time and thoughts will help you enjoy more productive writing time—and may help you find more of it. The benefits of partitioning time, focusing on one and only one task at a time, may be more obvious when you think about non-writing activities. Like texting while driving. Like shampooing […]

Rate this:

Break From the Herd

“I once complained to my father that I didn’t seem to be able to do things the same way other people did. Dad’s advice? “Margo, don’t be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.” Margo Kaufman From The Portable Do It John-Roger and Peter McWilliams TIME-SAVING TACTICS Break From the Herd By Alina Chase […]

Rate this:

December Resolutions (Alina Chase)

TIME & MOTIVATION December Resolutions By Alina Chase December is the perfect time to rethink what we write and why we write and, perhaps, why we don’t write as often or as creatively as our inner critics think we should. Have we lost interest in or outgrown our initial plans and projects, or are we […]

Rate this:

Find More Time to Write: Practice Procrastination

A warm welcome to Writer Block’s first guest blogger! Alina Chase will be appearing with weekly tips and tricks from her WIP about time-management, motivation, and creativity for writers. FIND MORE TIME TO WRITE: Practice Procrastination by Alina Chase Must today’s to-do’s be done today? Before grocery shopping, check the freezer and the pantry (the […]

Rate this: