Productivity Tips from history’s greatest thinkers

I came across this great article yesterday in “The week” with 25 productivity tips from history’s greatest thinkers. I’m not sure about “thinkers”, the article is mostly about writers and creative types, so naturally I was intrigued.

As some people may know, I’ve just finished delivering 12 online CPD modules for the Online Effective Time Management Course. Productivity is one of my ‘pet’ subjects, along with all the cliche’s that go with it, (including the ones about amphibians!)

Anyway here are a few of my favourites:

Agatha Christie never owned a desk. She wrote her 80 novels, 19 plays, and numerous other works wherever she could sit down. (They say to make sure a meeting is over and done with in as short a time as possible to keep everyone standing too!)

When composer Igor Stravinsky felt blocked, he’d stand on his head to clear his mind. (Well known yoga position)

Sometimes focusing is the issue. While writing The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen worked at his computer wearing earplugs, earmuffs and a blindfold. (Exactly why Microsoft et al created “distraction free writing” views on word processing software)

To read the full article click here.

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