The planning fallacy: Why you miss your deadlines and how you can stop

The Planning Fallacy

If you’ve ever missed a deadline the planning fallacy may well be the culprit. It’s the tendency we have to underestimate the time it will take us to complete something – whilst knowing full well that similar tasks have taken longer in the past. It’s based in an innate biological bias towards optimism – but if you want stop missing your deadlines and start hitting them, it’s something you need to master – here’s how. [click to continue…]

Why time blocking works for writers: investigating the science

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As a productivity method, we’re huge fans of time-blocking or scheduling. We’ve written before about how it’s essential to top academics like Adam Grant and it’s cropped up in our own research time and time again. But what’s the science behind time-blocking? Why is the act of scheduling important to helping you focus on your work – and what’s the alternative? [click to continue…]

5 reasons why being prolific leads to breakthrough success – a writing manifesto

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Some people equate being highly prolific writers and researchers with producing dross. They prefer to constantly refine and perfect The One Idea they have. Perhaps because they think their idea is so special. Perhaps because they think they’ll never have another idea again. Either way, we believe that the best way to improve is to be unashamedly and un-apologetically productive – writing lots, failing lots, picking yourself up, writing more and improving.  [click to continue…]

The surprising creative hobbies of superstar scholars – and what you can learn

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The path to excellence in any field comes through hard graft – that’s true. But research finds that scholars at the very top of their game are also highly prolific, deeply curious, with multiple, unrelated (and often quite bonkers) creative hobbies. So, if you want to be superstar scholar, focus your mind – but never close it. Keep researching, go off on tangents, experiment and play – hundreds of Nobel prize laureates can’t be wrong. [click to continue…]

Procrastination, delay and why your emotions matter

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Everyone wants to beat procrastination – it’s the reason there’s so many productivity gurus, books and blogs. But do we really understand the root cause of our procrastination or even recognise the symptoms for it? Luckily, academics have been studying this topic for years and a lecture by Dr Tim Pychyl uncovers the latest research findings on the origin of procrastination and delay. [click to continue…]

Overcoming imposter syndrome as a writer

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Why do so many writers suffer from imposter syndrome? Despite a career as a professional writer Natalie Persoglio felt she was an imposter when it came to her personal writing. Find out how she shook off her self-limiting beliefs to embrace her new found writing identity. [click to continue…]

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