ᴅᴀᴠɪᴅ ᴘᴇʀᴇʟʟ ✌ @david_perell "The Writing Guy" | Host of the North Star Podcast: perell.com/podcast | Writing at perell.com/ | Teaching at writeofpassage.school/ Jan. 11, 2020 1 min read

Just had the most productive writing week of my life.

Here's why:

1) Writing is now the first thing I do every day. No exceptions.

2) I don't like editing my work, so I hired an editor.

3) Hired a full-time operations director for my business, so I have more energy to write.

I lost the writing habit from September - November, got really frustrated with myself, and made some serious changes to my routine.

Paul Graham writes about maker's schedule and manager's schedule, and my eternal challenge is to find the energy for both.


I use @timeular to track all my hours working.

Last week, I spent 7 hours and 29 minutes writing, which is about the maximum I can do.

But in order to have the energy for it, I need to compromise in other places, so I spent almost no time on email or organizational tasks.

Two observations:

1) If you want to be prolific, you need to treat creative time as sacred.

2) If you count learning, I work way more than 40 hours per week. If you don’t, I work way less.

You can follow @david_perell.


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