Productivity

Doers Win, Talkers Don’t Even Get to Lose!

Have got an idea? Want to do something? Then do it. You’ll not get very far by just thinking about it. You’ll get nowhere by not doing it.

The biggest impediment in the way of everything we don’t achieve is the lack of courage to actually do it. Heck, we can’t even fail if we don’t attempt to do it.

When it comes to blogging and working online, most of us tend to be passive learners. It’s easy to read all the information and feel all wise and knowledgeable, but any information that is not put to any use is, well, useless.

In fact, I read two kinds of books/blogs/anything readable. 1) That is practically useful. 2) That is absolutely useless but has high entertainment value, e.g. fiction.

The problem starts when I read something that I mean to read for its practical value, but instead I reduce its value to mere entertainment. Reading information gives me the satisfaction that I’ve done something useful, but if I do nothing to incorporate this new information into my blogging/webmastering activities, I might as well have read another one of those John Grisham’s legal thrillers.

So here’s the best nugget of advice anyone can ever give you to transform your life: Try all of your ideas, and don’t be afraid of failure, for if there is anything worse than failure, it’s not even trying.

If you are held back by the excuse that you are not yet ready, you’ll never be ready. There’s always more to learn, isn’t it? And what you learn from experience far outweighs what you learn from passively observing. If you want to know how to swim, you’ll have to read the instructions manual. But if you want to swim, you have to take the plunge once!

Oh and I’ve been thinking of writing smaller (Seth Godin style) posts, and see, I’ve done it!

Update: Oh scary! Many bloggers have covered different angles of the same point today: Do what’s important and do it now! Brian recounts how he went through a life-threatening accident to realize he needed to do what he loved. Dave talks about the importance of spending time with people you love and urges us to do it right now. Meryl gives tips on balancing your work and personal lives by, again, doing what’s more important rather than what you mindlessly do.

Do you have any insights to share with us too?

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Going Full Screen: You, Your Thoughts, And Your Words

Full screen editors, though simple and unexciting at face, are the perfect tool for creative writers.

Last week I wrote about different full screen text editors to choose from and (sort of) promised that I’ll expand on why writing in full screen is at least worth trying.

Well, there is no better time for it than now.

So, what are the advantages of writing in a full screen editor with no formatting options at all, when we have all kinds of word processors with the latest bells and whistles at our command?

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Turbo Charge Your Creativity With These 13 Amazing Full Screen Editors

Full Screen Text Editor

Full screen text editor is probably the best thing I’ve discovered since I started blogging.

When I open up my full screen text editor, my creativity quadruples and ideas seem to flow from every inch of my brain.

A few days ago, Maki wrote about a full screen text editor called Dark Room and explained how it helped him concentrate better and come up with great content. Well, I needed no convincing. On some subconscious level, I badly wanted a writing app like this. I was sold.

Since then, I’ve been writing everything that needs concentration in a full screen text editor. And the results are amazing.

How to write best in full screen is a subject for another post. For now, here’s a list of 13 full screen text editors that’ll help you stay focused on writing. Take your pick.

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The Shower Creativity: How to be Uber Creative Whenever You Want

Ever wondered why the best ideas occur to you in the shower? Or while eating, or driving?

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How To Create a Winner Every Time You Write

Winner Medal

Know your whys and hows?

If your blog posts take any amount of thinking to complete, you must do the thinking before you write. This brief ensures that you don’t miss any important points, and that you actually know your subject matter before you can explain it to your readers.

By putting some time aside to answer some basic questions about your articles (very briefly), you’ll create a winner every time you write.

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Community Discussion: Do You Use To-Do Lists To Stay Organized?

What is community discussion?

Starting from today, we’ll hold a community discussion every week where all of you’ll have a chance to participate and share your wisdom regarding the discussion subject of the week.

The very next post will feature the best reply as well as all the comments left in the discussion thread! (reminds you of Yahoo! answers?)

The purpose of this discussion would be to increase community participation, find answers/solutions to difficult blogging questions/issues, and reward the regular readers of Blogging Bits by featuring their valuable comments in a separate post.

Here are today’s questions:

  1. Do you use to-do lists to stay organized, and do you think it helps you stay focused on blogging tasks and other day-to-day activities?
  2. What software do you recommend for keeping to-do lists?

Let the discussion commence!

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Setting Your Goals Makes You 200% More Productive

And this is why I’ve decided to take part in this group writing project by Daily Blog Tips.

But before I tell you about my blogging goals, let me explain why setting your goals is the most important task you’ll ever undertake.

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