Brandon Sanderson's Productivity Hack is Love
I have read 5,000 pages of The Stormlight Archives (a fantasy book series) in the last 21 days. I am going to finish the 4th book, Rhythm of War this weekend.
The series is expansive with many connections to author Brandon Sanderson's other books. It's sort of like The Avengers, where other books tie in to the main storyline ("The Cosmere").
The series is fascinating, but I'm starting to believe that Brandon Sanderson himself is the real gem here. According to his blog, he writes 10 pages per day and hits "around 300k words a year".
I've talked about this type of planning for consistent progress in my book, but the way Sanderson thinks about it seems...different.
The rest of his blog post attempts to address the frequent questions he gets about "discipline and work ethic."
What is your writing schedule like, and do you ever give yourself a day off?
I write to relax. That’s what I do for fun. If I go on vacation I usually want to go on vacation to get away from everyone so I can write. It’s just what I love to do.
He never actually mentions discipline or work ethic. His entire post is inverted from what many people think about "work ethic".
He loves writing first and foremost. Everything else is a necessary evil.
It seems so simple doesn't it? No productivity hacks, no bio-hacking, no vitamins, no timers, no pomodoro technique, no kanban board. Just a compulsion to the thing he loves.
I wonder if the best productivity advice is to keep trying new things until you fall in love?