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More Work = More Productivity

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It’s no surprise that the busiest people get the most done.  Their focus is more intense because they have more work and less time to get it done.

Forced with a deadline, busy people develop an incredible work flow.

If you don’t have a real deadline, make one up.  Former editor of Vanity Fair Christopher Hitchens used to write 1000 words in 30 minutes so he had more time to read and talk to people.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE, TAKE ON MORE WORK.  If you don’t have work, make it up or ask for it.  You shouldn’t be wasting any more time in letting projects sit.

Time is a real productivity killer.  The more time you have the more likely you’ll procrastinate.  Procrastination incites stress because all you’re thinking about is the job that’s still undone.

You don’t need more time.  You need more work and more deadlines.  The time is NOW to get stuff done.  You can relax after you ship.  And then repeat.

Work.  Done.  No regrets.  Happiness. 

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Forcing Artist Productivity in the Interconnected Era

There’s an expectation today that artists must produce faster and release more content to stay relevant.

If you’re an author, you need to write 2 books a year instead of one and maybe a manifesto or novella on top of that. If you’re a musician, you’re expected to make an album, an EP, and drop a couple Internet singles in a year. The relentless demand for productivity goes on.

Daily communication via Twitter is another demand on artists. Fans want to interact and get the inside scoop. Some writers like Seth Godin maintain a daily blog to keep fans entertained.

Today fear drives an artist’s work. If an artist stays silent too long the risk is irrelevancy. There’s always new authors and endless forms of Internet entertainment that will make people forget. Artists are also competing with amafessionals that release stuff for free. And some of the content is pretty good.

Art is judged on productivity. There’s simply too much noise to be the old fashioned reclusive artist that ships once every decade. There will always be respect for scarcity and quality for masterpieces but artists must have some type of other presence whether it’s blogging or on Tweets. It comes down to this: Hyper-productivity keeps an artist relevant so fans and new followers will buy more stuff.