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Great, inspiring post!
For me, this was a great post!
One thing I got from it is how you can spend just 10 or 15 minutes a day working on one thing, and split your time during the day between different projects...
I haven't mentioned him much, but my Ph.D. advisor, Charles Osborne, was a remarkable man...
(Sadly he passed away in 2012...)
He's someone who did many things, in many different fields...
(Sound familiar? I suspect you, me, and him have some things in common... )
He was a professor of physics...
Yet he also was involved in many other areas...
Probably his biggest claim to fame is that he coined the phrase "digital watermark" - which is an important field.
(A "digital watermark" is a way of putting a kind of "hidden tag" in electronic data)...
You can see his name mentioned in the Wikipedia article on "digital watermarking" (in the "history" section)...
In his youth, he was a guitarist in a rock band, The Sapphires... (He's briefly mentioned in this Jan. 17, 1962 article, in a magazine called "The Australian Women's Weekly"... here, under the subhead, "Local Talent"...)
Along with his Ph.D. in physics, he also got himself a diploma in psychology... and had his own psychology practice on the side!
(It probably differs around the world... In those days, you could open up a psychology practice in Australia with just a diploma, which is not permitted any more nowadays...)
Anyway, you've reminded me of some advice Charles gave me...
He also recommended to have multiple projects going on at one time.
His advice was - when you get bored with one project, then go on to the next one...
I had no idea about ADD/ADHD at the time... but I think he recognized it in me...
And with hindsight (and now that I'm more knowledgeable about the topic), I think he may have had it himself, too...
Thanks for the advice, Gordon!
So... what I'm "testing" now is kind of like a modified "Pomodoro" technique...
The Pomodoro technique (for those unfamiliar with it) is where you work for a certain amount of time... 33.33 minutes seems popular among copywriting circles - since that's what copywriter Eugene Schwartz did, apparently.
When the 33.33 minutes were up, Eugene Schwartz would then take a 10 to 15 minute break... Then start another 33.33 minute session after the break.
However... Sometimes "switching" tasks is almost as "mentally refreshing" as a break... (At least to me.)
So, I'm testing out a modified version (inspired by your post)... Work for 15 minutes on one task or project. When the 15 minutes is up... Switch projects...
Though I'm allowing myself not to switch if I'm on a "roll" and want to keep going...
Anyway, I'm testing this out... We'll see how it works out. I was testing it all day, and so far I like it, and I do feel it helps to make me more productive...
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