7 Things You Can Write Before NaNoWriMo

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It’s tempting to write before NaNoWriMo, especially if you’re really excited about your next novel. However, writing your novel before November is against the rules—that is, if you want to win the National Novel Writing Month challenge.

Luckily, there’s plenty that you can write before NaNoWriMo begins. You can’t write your novel just yet, but you can write about your novel. Focus on finessing the plot, characters and setting of your story now so that you write with confidence during National Novel Writing Month.

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Do You Need Creativity to be Successful?

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Many people believe that you don’t need creativity to be successful. You’re either creative or analytical. You either prefer words or numbers. You either use your right brain or left brain more.

These people couldn’t be more wrong.

If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you want to be successful. And the act of wanting means that you lack that success in your life.

I have a secret: you have the power to be successful.

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Best Times of Day to Increase Workday Productivity

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No one at my place of employment questions my level of productivity. Not only can I account for the work I accomplish on a weekly and monthly basis, but my methods to increase my workday productivity tend to be a running joke.

They’re just jealous.

Because I take pride in the value of my work, I make choices on how I conduct my workday. And after years of trial and error, I have found that my productivity on certain types of tasks are best done at certain times of day.

My hunch tells me that those times of day can also help you increase your workday productivity.

It’s all about routine, commitment and the angle of the sun.

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What Happened When I Stopped Drinking Coffee for 2 Months

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I love drinking coffee. When my workweek alarm rings, my sole motivator for rolling out of bed is knowing that in a few hours I can drink a cup of coffee.

And after the long run, morning chores and commuting to work, I have a moment of peace holding my mug of coffee. The steamy aroma of java, the gentle heat pressing upon my palms, the taste of coconut milk creamer swirling in my brew—it’s my reward for all that I accomplish before 7AM.

If I love coffee so much, why would I give it up?

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How Creative People Solve Problems

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My career’s in marketing. And if you too work in marketing, you know that most (if not all) received requests are delivered as a do-this command.

What’s frustrating to a creative person about this approach is that it ignores the creative process of problem solving. In fact, it skips all the steps of solving a problem by jumping to an assumed end.

Here’s a secret: if you want to solve a problem like a creative person, never assume anything.

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5 Ways to Write Without Writing

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You have days where there just isn’t a minute to spare for your writing.

You also have days where it’s socially unaccepted to bring out your pen and stack of paper to write.

And you most certainly have days where you have all the time in the world and absolutely no motivation to write.

But your writing can’t sit on a shelf. Every day you don’t move your writing forward is not standing still but taking a step back further and further until you lose all sight of your writing project.

Here’s a secret: On all these days, you can still write without writing. You just have to approach your writing session a little differently.

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7 Ways to Get Your Productivity Back After a Holiday or Vacation

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The dreaded day of going back to work after a holiday is here. Just thinking about all that you have to get done this upcoming week urges you to pull the covers up further over your eyes.

This day isn’t going anywhere, so you might as well face it by being in control of your own destiny!

While your mind may still be at the beach or the family barbeque, today is about being back at work. And if you don’t have time to get behind, I suggest you try out these productivity tips after a holiday or vacation.

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4 Ways You Can Be Creative on Command

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Sometimes, creativity is a choice. You miraculously have the afternoon free to take on your creative project, be it writing, painting, crafts or whatever else lets you be expressive.

Sometimes, creativity is not a choice. You have more days than not in your career where a creative solution from you is needed either minutes before the end of the day or at a high-peak, high-stress moment.

That’s why I wrote this blog post.

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