Time is perception. When our brains need to adapt to new information, it warps our perception of time, because we are creating new neural pathways. Every time we inject novelty into our day, however minute, it changes how we perceive time. Here are 3 ways to change how you perceive your writing time, and productivity:
#1: Change where you write:
I generally write in the same place every day; at my computer, hunched over, and (hopefully) typing madly away. But every once in a while I like to mix it up, and take a notebook outside, or to the reservoir near where I live. Interestingly, one of the most productive writing days of my life was when I was travelling through Europe. I sat on a park bench in Hyde Park and scribbled down different scenes for one of my Elden Forest novels. Despite what initially seemed to be a distracting location, on a rather uncomfortable bench, with a pen that was rapidly running out of ink, I found that working then, and there, allowed my writing to flow naturally. I wrote over 6000 words that day in the park, and now, even 5 years later, I still remember that day vividly.
#2. Change how you get there:
I live in a city with terrible urban sprawl, which means that I often have to drive to get anywhere. I seriously dislike driving, but I’ve found that if I change my route up, it makes my brain have to work harder to navigate. By taking a different route , even if it’s just a small detour, I often have the chance to observe something new, or make a unique connection. Most importantly, it makes my day feel longer, and my writing is thus more productive. I can also do this by changing up my transportation medium, by walking, or biking. I also miss the days when I used to have a 45 minute commute on public transit to and from university. I found the train to be an excellent time for daydreaming.
#3. Change how you work:
I generally prefer to write by typing on my desktop computer. While I still find that to be the most efficient and effective way for me to write, I’ve also found it helpful to take a pen and a notebook outside on pleasant days. Sometimes I like to make notes in my iPhone, or on my iPad, and I’ve just recently started making audio recordings – usually for dialogue. I’ve found these different tools to be quite helpful, and they greatly increase my productivity. Changing the way I work, means I have to adapt to a new way of doing things. It changes the way I think about time, and makes me feel much more productive.
How else can you rethink time and productivity to benefit your writing? Tell me in the comments!
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