Need a Time Out? Build a Creation Cave

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Productivity hacks aside, sometimes what you need in order to tackle something huge and long-term (like writing a book, launching a website, or shipping a product) is to give yourself a time out from the world.

Next time you feel the need to put a pin in everything going on around you, consider taking a page out of Clay Hebert’s book and building a “creation cave.” Cut yourself off from commitments and noise unrelated to your project. Say no to meetings, speaking opportunities, distracting social engagements. Carve out the quiet, restorative space and time that will fuel your focus.

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