Reading this brought to mind my recent feeling that my writing has become quite plain, maybe precisely due to my experience in editing others' work. I don't seem to have much of a taste for the literary anymore (I'm not mourning that; I'm just observing).
Maybe I'll turn it around and look at my plainspoken straightforwardness as an advantage.
I’m no productivity wonk, but advice about it is hard to dodge. Everyone and his cat knows the popular tips — we’re all wise to checking e-mail once daily or delegating inboxes completely. We know multitasking isn’t a thing, it’s only task switching, and it slows us down by up to 40%.
So I was surprised when two business influencers —Jessi Hempel, who hosts LinkedIn’s Hello Monday podcast, and Adam Grant, a well-known author and professor at the Wharton School–admitted that e-mail and task switching help them write!
Hempel types small amounts between other tasks to reduce production pressure, and Grant answers e-mails to ease through a bout of writer’s block. Interesting!
The takeaway? Stay flexible with productivity advice. What actually works for you may be surprising.