High speed chases in the wild west were actually pretty slow.
When a posse was chasing a criminal across the desert, everybody had to ride as fast as they could for an hour… then hop off and walk for an hour.
Otherwise their horses would drop dead from exhaustion.
So, even though the criminal wanted to get away as fast as possible…
…and the posse wanted to catch him as fast as possible…
…both parties understood that the fastest way forward was to alternate between sprinting and walking.
Or else you’d be stuck in the desert with a dead horse.
Creative work is a lot like that.
Your brain will drop dead on you if you try to run it for hours on end, without breaks.
But the solution is the same, too.
If you find yourself feeling braindead after a couple hours of intense mental effort, try breaking your work into shorter periods.
Work for 30 minutes… go do something else… work for another 30 minutes… and so on.
I even set a timer when I do this.
You might think this sounds too simple to make a difference.
I did too.
But the results blew me away.
Back when I tried to write 5 hours a day, my brain would feel fried after about 2 hours.
And that was all it would do for the day.
No more creative output.
My brain dropped dead like that poor, overworked horse in the desert.
Simply setting a 30 minute timer whenever I sit down to write… and then *forcing* myself to stop when the timer goes off… and get up, do something else… *anything* else for a few minutes…
It allows me to write for hours a day.
My brain has time to rest and recharge, so it doesn’t burn out.
And, the thing that really blew me away, is that my creativity has gone through the roof.
Because you see, those periods don’t only recharge your brain.
They also allow your subconscious mind to go back over what you’ve done and find new ideas – to make new connections – that will be ready and waiting for you when you sit back down for your next 30 minute “sprint” of creative work.
Anyway, it’s one of those things you really need to experience for yourself to see the benefits.
If you do any kind of writing, problem solving, or other intense mental activity throughout the day…
Start setting a 30 minute timer and only working for intense 30 minute “sprints” instead of trying to force it all out in one sitting.
And, if you really need to jump start your creativity for the following day, listening to this session the night before will give you a huge boost: