Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Eric Varker, Barking up the Wrong Tree

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?

Know how many days a week you’re actually productive?

People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).

We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us wants to be a workaholic, either.

It’d be great to get tons done and have work-lifebalance. But how do we do that? I decided to get some answers.

And who better to ask than Tim Ferriss, author of the international bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek.

(Tim’s blog is here and his podcast is here.)

Below are six tips Tim offered, the science behind why they work, and insights from the most productive people around.

1. Manage Your Mood

Most productivity systems act like we’re robots – they forget the enormous power of feelings.

If you start the day calm it’s easy to get the right things done and focus.

But when we wake up and the fray is already upon us — phone ringing, emails coming in, fire alarms going off — you spend the whole day reacting.

This means you’re not in the driver’s seat working on your priorities; you’re responding to what gets thrown at you, important or not.

Here’s Tim:

I try to have the first 80 to 90 minutes of my day vary as little as possible. I think that a routine is necessary to feel in control and nonreactive, which reduces anxiety. It therefore makes you more productive.
Research shows how you start the day has an enormous effect on productivity, and you procrastinate more when you’re in a bad mood.

Studies demonstrate happiness increases productivity and makes you more successful.

As Shawn Achor describes in his book The Happiness Advantage:

Doctors put in a positive mood before making a diagnosis show almost three times more intelligence and creativity than doctors in a neutral state, and they make accurate diagnoses 19% faster. Optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic counterparts by 56%. Students primed to feel happy before taking math achievement tests far outperform their neutral peers. It turns out that our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral, but when they are positive.

So think a little less about managing the work and a little more about managing your moods. 

(For more on how to be happier, go here.)

So what’s the first step to managing your mood after you wake up?

2. Don’t Check Email In The Morning

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Fiction University: Guest Author Jodie Renner: Set up Your Story in the First Paragraphs
  2. Mythcreants » Distinguishing Characters in Dialogue
  3. When book sales are slow… how to keep motivated | Nail Your Novel
  4. Seven Tips on Getting Book Reviews>Book Reviews
  5. How Can Your Characters Make Others Believe Them? [Part 1] | Writerology
  6. 4 Writing Tips To Make Yourself A Kickass Writer
  7. The Kill Zone: Pick up the Pace for a Real Page-Turner
  8. The Best Way to Deal With Emotional Conflict When Writing
  9. Let Me Explain to You a Thing "How do we developed characters? What do we change? How do we change it?"
  10. 4 Pieces of Facebook Advice You Can Ignore | Writers In The Storm Blog
  11. Can authors get smarter with Amazon keywords and categories? Start here! | Nail Your Novel
  12. Becoming Your Own Book Editor: Four Very Important Tips For Better Book Editing | EbooksReloaded Blog
  13. The Independence of Indie Authors — The Book Designer
  14. Experimental Fiction and Independent Publishing - Sara Wielenberg
  15. 10 steps to surviving being a writer | 5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months
  16. Twitter Trumps Facebook For Driving Book Sales
  17. 9 Things You’ll Regret When You Look Back on Your Writing Journey if You’re Not Paying Attention Now
  18. Publishing is the New Blogging | Self-Publishing Review
  19. Theme Week: You’ve Got Readers To Your Blog – This is How You Keep Them There : @ProBlogger
  20. More Facebook Page Layout Options: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner
  21. One Step to Better Writing and More Diversity | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  22. Anne R. Allen's Blog: Tweet THIS, Not That! 12 Things Not to do on Twitter
  23. How do Conventions Choose Their Guests? - The Fictorians
  24. 6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day - Business Insider
  25. How These Six Highly Productive Bloggers Get So Much Done - The Buffer Blog
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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