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Rearrange your life and write your book faster

Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to do everything you need to do in a day? Who doesn’t, right?

Everyone I know struggles to have a balanced life. They eat lunch in front of their computers, check e-mail constantly, and take work with them when they go on vacation.

Tony Schwartz, a writer and business consultant, says you can actually be more productive by doing less.

In his New York Times Opinion piece, “Relax! You’ll Be More Productive,” Schwartz noted research by Florida State University Professor K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues that revealed people perform best by working in uninterrupted cycles of no more than 90 minutes and then taking a break to refuel.

So how does this affect writers? Schwartz said each of his first three books took three years to write, while he wrote his most recent two books in less than six months. Schwartz credits his writing success with taking breaks to relax, and in his own company, The Energy Project, he practices what he preaches by having a “renewal room” where employees can meditate and rest. He also promotes lunch breaks away from the computer, flexible schedules, telecommuting, and vacations, with employees receiving four weeks of vacation a year, starting with the first year they join the company.

For more details about Ericsson’s  research and Schwartz’s ideas, read Relax! You’ll Be More Productive.

It’s a fascinating perspective on how we could be more efficient – and more relaxed — as writers and in all aspects of our lives.

For more inspiration about how napping can boost creativity, read Carol Despeaux’s post, Nap your way to creativity and health.

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