How to Have a Stress-Filled Concert

Liz Sumner Productivity, Resistance, Responsibility Leave a Comment

I’ve written before about my inconstant relationship with responsibility– sometimes I resist it, other times I claim it all as my own then complain that I have too much. I recently had an experience that displays a vivid example of this tendency. Earlier this year we added a new member to the band– Mauro, a fine drummer. Our first meeting …

Batch Work and Experimentation

Liz Sumner Experiment, Productivity 1 Comment

A freelance writer emailed me yesterday. Here’s what she said and my response: I found you through an Inc. article you were quoted in and reached out because I’m hoping you’ll contribute to my next article. Here’s my topic: why you should try batch working, or why focusing on one thing for a sustained period of time is the best …

Why Chores Are So Hard

Liz Sumner Procrastination, Productivity 3 Comments

This week I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Amanda Mull, staff writer for The Atlantic, a publication I greatly admire. She was writing a piece on procrastination, a subject on which I have lifelong expertise. Not all of my nuggets of wisdom made it into the finished article so I thought I’d share them here. Amanda posed the …

How To Get Going Again

Liz Sumner Motivation, Productivity, Resistance Leave a Comment

I’ve been talking recently about vicious self-talk and beating yourself up over not getting further on your goals. It doesn’t help when every time you think about your project you get caught in a loop of regret and castigation. I don’t know about you, but guilt does not motivate me. Instead it just makes me dig in deeper and want to …