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December 2 – Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)
I’d never said that I was a good writer. I would always had an excuse, “Oh I have too many projects to do.” or “this person wants me to do this or that.” By the end of the day, I would be so tired that I would forget altogether until that pang gets in my stomach again.
My ideas were scattered. They would be on my phone, my laptop, my physical notebook, my other computer and there wasn’t a central place for them.
I had decided to buckle down over the holiday weekend and use a tool I can access from anywhere and everywhere. My Evernote account.
Normally during any given commuting day, I would have my iPod Touch and if I was good, I would be listening to a podcast. If I wasn’t good the music would be on shuffle and I would just be lazy.
Now when I’m on the train, subway or bus and if an idea comes up (not just writing related), I can whip out my iPod, open up Evernote regardless if there is a wifi connection or not, put my idea in and be done with it until I’m ready, all under 10 seconds. Plus its faster than taking out a cumbersome pen and paper. Hey, its doesn’t hurt to get back to basics once in a while.
When I’m ready to write, I turn down the volume on the TV or completely turn it off. I then open up my Evernote account & then see the ideas, and act on one.