“Productivity Catalyst”

In short, the productivity catalyst is something (e.g. ritual, environment) that pushes you to get stuff done.

For me, that something is typically the train. I get all my blogging done on the train every morning. For me, the train signals go, an opportunity to dump my thinking on screen.

I usually like to drink a bit of coffee and meditate before I write, blending calmness and caffeine. I sometimes get a walk in too, deliberately skipping the shuttle.

Walking though is quickly becoming my favorite medicine of all; mixing fresh air and a rhythm of movement that relaxes the mind.

Often times Ill fall asleep in a middle of writing a post but finish it with time to spare. I know that when entering the Grand Central tunnel I’ve got about 8 minutes to publish. A deadline is the best way to expedite a task.

Your productivity catalyst should be motivating and relaxing, like stretching your muscles before a run. Quality of preparation is equal to quality of output.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.