Here’s a free chapter from my newest book, “But I Have No Original Ideas.”
You’re stuck because you have too much information. You’re spending hours on Farnam Street trying to find the perfect mental model. You’re reading essays and articles and books on productivity. You’re building another brain because the first one wasn’t good enough. You’ve filled your portfolio with other people’s work. The problem is that you have too much information.
You need to act like a secret society trying to control the masses. Prevent yourself from knowing any more. Behead the productivity gurus. Burn your business books. Get a job at your internet service provider and block your own IP address from every productivity blog. The only thing you need to know about being productive is that you need to be productive.
The stuck creative spends his days searching for answers. The unstuck creative spends his days working on his craft. To be a more productive writer, write. To be a more productive painter, paint. More doing. Less searching.