planningDo you regularly set aside time for planning, or, like me, do you sometimes allow planning and deciding to seep into space that should be spent on doing and writing?

Natalie Houston has an excellent piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education about her personal productivity tips, including the importance of separating “deciding from doing”:

“Over the course of a week, I typically work on several different kinds of projects, with different timelines and different activities. In order for me to make sure that I’m on track for deadlines and balancing my responsibilities appropriately, I need to devote some clear-headed thought to planning my schedule and my task list for each day. If I have two hours of writing time scheduled in the morning, then I don’t want to waste any of it figuring out which writing project to work on. The mindset I bring to planning and scheduling is really different than the energy I bring to writing and for me it’s best to match them to the right task.” Read More

The Chronicle’s ProfHacker blog (also on Twitter and Facebook) is a terrific source of information and inspiration for creating a productive writing life, regardless of whether you are in a classroom.