Helping Creative People Create

Small Bursts, Big Gains

by glen

small bursts, big gains

Photo by atomicshark

The common belief is that getting stuff done requires you to sit down and hammer away at XYZ until you’re through with it.

The problem is, we get so focused on blocking out unhindered “create” time, that we discard important chunks of minutes here and there that we could be using to get things done.

For me, there are very few occasions that I’m able to get into the flow. That’s why I love doing things in small, tiny increments. You’d be amazed at what you can get done in ten minutes. Ten minutes means that you could knock of a focused task or two.

That’s why I love Action Method and Evernote. They allow me to see what I need to do constantly, no matter where I am.

Or maybe an idea strikes and instead of jotting it down, just doing it.

I managed to come up with this post topic, sketch it out and write it while grilling bratwursts. Nothing fancy, just a few paragraphs to get the thought out.

This doesn’t mean that we should only strive to create short, bite-sized chunks. Sometimes you need to create a masterpiece.

But sometimes, all it takes is a few minutes.

What can you do in the next 10 minutes that can make an impact on your day/week/month/year?

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claudiablack May 25, 2010 at 3:52 am

Wow…awesome script. I never knew about this but thanks for the heads up. Installed it and it works great! I think Ill add the link to my status…