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 …

I ought to be able to do this myself

Liz Sumner Ease, Geek Tools, Motivation, Productivity Leave a Comment

Sometimes I get great satisfaction from figuring out how to do things myself. I once spent a ridiculous amount of time turning an old router into a wireless bridge to boost the signal upstairs. It worked! I also tried to teach myself programming so that I could build an app I had an idea for. (I’ve actually done this– unsuccessfully– …