Greg McKeown wrote a marvelous book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. After I reviewed it, I wondered how an essentialist would write a book. I found the answer on page 47 of Essentialism. Here it is.
“Inspired by Newton, I took a similar, if perhaps less extreme, approach to writing this book. I blocked off eight hours a day to write: from 5: 00 A.M. to 1: 00 P.M., five days a week. The basic rule was no e-mail, no calls, no appointments, and no interruptions until after 1: 00 P.M. I didn’t always achieve it, but the discipline made a big difference. I set my e-mail bounceback to explain that I was in “monk mode” until after the book was complete. It is difficult to overstate how much freedom I found in this approach. By creating space to explore, think, and write, I not only got my book done faster but gained control over how I spent the rest of my time.”
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