Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Simple tip to write more and better

Do you feel you don’t have the time to write? A book, an article or a simple blog post? I have good news for you. Your problem is not the lack of time, but the lack of habit.

Two minute rule in morning pages

A couple of years ago I wanted to write more, so I began developing the habit of getting up early to write between 300 and 500 words. When I had the habit, the writing was smooth until I had a problem with my eyes and bright screens in the morning which could jeopardize my habit. But it didn’t. Writing became ingrained so much in my day that I felt the urge to keep writing no matter what and soon found other strategies to keep writing.

But if you don’t have the habit and want to, how to start?

In James Clear’s “Atomic Habits,” and Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way,” I found inspiration for a simple way to start, and I’m testing it now.

Julia’s Morning Pages (no need to be three as she suggests) are “pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning.” And James Clear’s Two Minute Rule of habit formation is “when you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.”

The simple tip is to join the two.

Try for yourself, give it a minimum of a week and see what happens. Once you have the habit, writing anything else when you need becomes easier.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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