Anthony Trollope


He published 47 novels, 18 works of non-fiction, 12 short stories, 2 plays, and an assortment of articles and letters.

Trollope achieved his incredible productivity by writing in 15-minute intervals for three hours per day.

It had at this time become my custom,—and is still my custom, though of late I have become a little lenient of myself—to write with my watch before me, and to require of myself 250 words every quarter of an hour…

This division of time allowed me to produce over ten pages of an ordinary novel volume a day, and if kept up through ten months, would have given as its results three novels of three volumes each in the year…”

The problem with big projects...

When it comes to get things done, the best results happen when you rank your priorities based on their true importance and do the most important ones first.

Rank your priorities the day before. If task number 1 is too big, it can leave you frustrated because it takes long time to finish. This is a common problem.

Figure out your milestones.

Small measures of progress help to maintain momentum over the long-run, which means you’re more likely to finish large tasks.

The faster you complete a productive task, the more quickly your day develops an attitude of productivity and effectiveness.

Speed to completion.

The basic idea is to design a way to get rapid feedback while working on bigger projects. The faster we get feedback that we are moving in the right direction, the more likely we are to continue moving that way.

Work for the long-term. Measure your progress for the short-term. 


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