Give and Take, Power Moves, Option B, Originals, these are all top-selling books that #1 New York Times bestselling author, Adam Grant is responsible for. He’s sold over 2 million copies of his book and his books have been translated in 35 languages.
For someone who has a track record of writing gems, what did he share as a great tip to helping him overcome writers’ block?
While listening to a podcast episode between Adam Grant and Tim Ferriss I was surprised to learn a tactic Adam Grant uses to help warm his writing engines. This tactic is probably something MOST people would say is the reason they are UNPRODUCTIVE, but not so much for Adam Grant.
What’s the tactic?
He answers his emails!
You know that infamous inbox that got a ton of emails that you were suppose to answer but know you can spend all your time on it and do no work? Yes, that inbox is where Adam Grant goes to jump-start his writing. In the podcast he shared how it gets his engines going answer questions and solve problems, putting him in the mode he needs to be in when it comes to writing. Many times that cursor blanking can cause the best of writers to freeze up, but answering some emails just might be what you need to warm-up your writing engines.
P.S. – Note that Adam Grant has a time limit attached to this I’m sure. You don’t need 1 hour of warming up the writing engine, so be sure to use an online stopwatch or timer and set it to no more than 5 to 10 minutes so you can get to your higher valued work.
For those who would like to listen to the entire podcast episode between Tim Ferriss and Adam Grant you may listen to it here: