How to stop time – productivity and time management for creatives (write faster + defeat procrastination)

You’re early!
These are just quick notes to myself…


Deep work


Doing the important work first.

Organized intent/awareness

Deep work

-Saying no (thesis research, refusal, defiance.) Bartleby the Scrivener, I’d rather not.




  • Triggers
  • Rewards
  • Sleep schedule
  • Food






  • Tea
  • Coffee (Bulletproof)
  • Caffeine
  • Water
  • Lion’s Mane
  • Gapapentin
  • Kratom
  • Marijuana
  • Modafinil
  • Ritalin

“Men are eager to talk about productivity drugs like modafinil that are strictly for getting things done, but the moment you stay “I want to get more done, and feel awesome doing it” you sound like some sort of degenerate stoner. Work is supposed to be, well, work. You’re telling me I can get a bunch done, because I feel so good that I don’t even notice time passing? Isn’t that cheating? Pleasure is a productivity hack in itself. If you feel good doing what you’re doing, you’re more likely to do more of it.”

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About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.