Trollope and Thinking in Increments

We all suffer from mental barriers that slow us down. Sometimes these barriers keep us pinned to the floor. We cannot move at all. Where do these barriers come from? The answer is simple, if unpleasant. We create them ourselves. We can be our own worst enemy.

Why do we do this? This question is less important than admitting that we are guilty as charged. No matter how much we may want to get the job done, there will be times when we cannot do it.

There is, however, some good news. The brain activates its slowing down mechanism only when it can focus on big things. If the brain does not so focus, it will not prevent us from going forward. So, for example, you can easily walk across of plank of wood … if you are unaware that the plank is suspended 5 stories in the air.

How do you use this idea? Simple. You work in small increments. No more than 15 minutes at a time. Every 15 minutes stop and assess your success against the goal set for that time period. If you are really stuck, and even 15 minutes is too much, do five minute cycles.

This is what Anthony Trollope did and it enabled him to produce more than 40 books during his career.

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