Written by:
Tahira Bano

We all want to be as productive as possible. But we’re also human. We get distracted. We procrastinate. We don’t bring our “A game.” So in an era of high expectations, it’s critical to develop “productivity hacks” to make the best out of every single day. Our productivity depends on factors such as fatigue, the day of the week, mood, family, weather and a thousand more reasons why not to write on a particular day.

choreographer Twyla Tharp discussed in her book “The Creative Habit” about her daily rituals or daily practices as she awakens at 5:30am, change her exercise clothes, goes outside and call cab to take her to the gym where she exercises for two hours.

she states that, “the daily practices aren’t the exercise; it’s the taxi I called it every morning. The minute I advise the driver where to go every morning, I have done with ritual or daily practices”

Tharp is a choreographer whose works incorporate the Broadway melodic version of Singin In

the Rain, Movin’ Out and The Times They are A Changing.

She transcribes about how innovative people create ceremonies or practices that make a path or direction, a provoke and, a reminder, a motive, and a mental framework that encourages innovativeness or creativity in life.  

Tharp own philosophy or concept, which is reliable with hers, is that “over-thinking” hinders profitability. We solicit ourselves unlimited inquiries rather from inspiring appropriate to deal with a content or work. We stress excessively over the work, rather than simply doing it. Stress later, during the rewrite.

Tharp claims beginning a similar way every day wipes out such inquiries, as, “Why am I doing this?” Once she’s in the taxi, it’s past the point of no return, the wheels are rolling. The ritual/ practice also eliminates thinking “would I truly like to do this now?” Again, it’s too late and no point of return, she’s doing it. Don’t over-think. Do it.

Looking at some of the most prolific screenwriters you can perceive how daily practices for productivity get them started and keep them writing:

  1. Stephen King.  Pet Sematary (Screenplay), The Shining (Teleplay), The Stand (Teleplay), The Green Mile (Source Material).

Throughout the period when he wrote Carrie, Cujo, Salem’s Lot, and Christine, King worked from late at night, and continued through the morning, fueled by cocaine and a twelve-pack of beer.  Every night. Since those days, situation was different, there have been family interventions, rehab and recovery was going on but king’s current practices or work is different. First thing was making a cup of tea at around 8:00am. Then before he invests time to write well, takes vitamins, play his favorite music and then sit in the same seat with same direction to create associate with previous day memory, with paper scattered around his work area, the same desk -Just so.

“The reason for doing these things a similar way consistently,” he’s clarified, “is by all accounts a method for saying you will dream soon.”