Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Day 1: (Tuesday, March 1)

Out of sight, out of mind. Out of hand, out of heart. If we’re not taking at least a 15 minute look at our work in progress, we're losing ground.

Some days are better than others.
Some days we just don’t feel like writing.

That’s what separates the men from the boys – working when you don’t ‘feel’ like it.  That’s the difference between writing as a hobby, and writing like a pro.

Even a little can make a difference. Sit down and smack on that work in progress a little. Show it who’s boss. 

(From "Writivation", J.M. Clark)

Creativity Kick-Starter

Power Nap

I thought we’d ease into the Spring Clean with a nap. Research shows regular naps can be healthy. They can lower your stress levels and your risk of heart disease. In addition, a 20-30 minute nap can improve alertness, boost memory, AND increase creativity.

Look at those creative juices brewing.

To ensure your nap has the desired effects follow these guidelines:
  1. Regularity – follow a consistent nap schedule. The best time is between 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  2. Shorter is better – To avoid that post nap befuddlement keep your nap to 30 minutes or less. Be sure to set an alarm.
  3. Go to the dark side – a dark room helps you fall asleep quicker.
-PJ Switzer

Writing Sprint
(Pick one)

Tell a story from the perspective of your pet.
Write about a day in the life of your car.

Let's get the mojo going. 
Set your timer for 15 minutes and write fast & furious. 
Ready. Set. Go!
-PJ Switzer

 Share your sprint on our Tumblr page:

Productivity Pointers

The Pomodoro Technique

This time management method breaks down your work schedule into intervals.
  1. Set a timer* for 25 minutes.
  2. Work on your project until the timer rings. (Write distractions down then get back to work. You can deal with those issues later.)
  3. When the timer rings take a 3-5 minute break.
  4. At the end of the short break set the timer for 25 minutes again.
  5. After the fourth work session take a longer break of 15-30 minutes.
  6. Then start the process over again.

The technique is intended to help with focus and inventiveness. It’s easy to use and free.
-PJ Switzer

*The icon for our Productivity Pointers is the tomato timer associated with this technique.

Links to look at:
For more information about the whole Pomodoro method check out the website at

Return & Report on DAY 1:

Have you chosen your goals?
Did you take a few minutes to read the Pre-Fling Posts?
What did you do toward your goals today?


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