“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits… I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” Barack Obama, interviewed in Vanity Fair
All the decisions and judgements we make in our daily lives keep said lives rolling nicely along. However, each large and small decision takes its toll on our writing powers.
Cherry Picking Decisions
Also, I like to make certain decisions, like what I’m eating. So, perhaps it’s possible to shift some decisions around, or group them. A week’s menu put together once a week can lift the worry of what’s for supper that’s a real judgement sapper for those of us responsible for seeing that everybody in the house stays fed and healthy. (My method is a small notebook, with a week’s rough plan on the left, and shopping lists on the right. Wastage has been greatly reduced as well.)
Timothy Ferris on Automation for Decisions
“Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined. Otherwise, you waste someone else’s time instead of your own, which now wastes your hard-earned cash. How’s that for incentive to be effective and efficient?”
What decisions or judgements can an author make daily or weekly, that don’t serve our writing or our family, that may be eliminated?
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week in your writing career. Cheers Mel
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and is Acquisitions Editor with Pulp Literature Press.
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