What if I told you prolific creators don't spend hours in deep work?
My parents loved to garden. I remember long summer evenings where they wandered around our front yard pottering about the garden. Watering plants, pulling out weeds. It was never a back-breaking session. Just joyfully enjoying the work of tending the garden.
That's often how I look at my creative work. On any given day I could be working on a course outline, writing copy, building notion products, recording podcasts or videos, hanging out with friends on Twitter, and working a full-time job in the mix.
I don't have long stretches of time for deep writing or building. Instead, I employ the potter about approach. Working on a 10-minute outline here, or some quick email copy there. Using the lightest touch to move things forward.
The key to this approach is my Up Next Piles. Without them, I'd be wandering around aimlessly looking for the next thing to do. Instead at just the right time, they hand me the very next action to get done.
Here's what that looks like in action
The great thing about the potter about approach is that even big projects never feel like heavy lifting.
Small actions turn into big results.