Sometimes you just have to plow through

Some articles seem to write themselves, and others just… don’t.

It’s not always a matter of how interesting the subject is, or even how dense or complex the information that needs to be sifted through.

Sometimes there are competing demands on your attention, or something else on your to-do list is more time-sensitive. Or, once in a while, you accidentally have caffeinated coffee the night before, and it throws you off the next day. Groan!

I find it helps to break the task down into chunks (the Swiss cheese method of time management, from the 1973 book by Alan Lakein, How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life).

Fifteen minutes here, 100 words there, and at some point – often after two or three “chunks” – momentum builds, and the rest proceeds smoothly. Here’s more on the Swiss cheese method and writing – a blog post I just found by author Gail Gauthier.

Sometimes you just have to plow through.

 

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4 thoughts on “Sometimes you just have to plow through

  1. This may be apocryphal, because I can’t find a source, but Harriet Beecher Stowe is supposed to have written in a letter to a friend,”I have it mind to write a novel about slavery, but the baby keeps crying.” I guess she plowed through…Some of the best reporting is the result of plowing through.

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