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A planning strategy

As well as committing to the idea of making a plan at all, you could benefit from devising a strategy for planning; that is, deciding when and at what level to plan at each point in the process.

Preparing to plan

For most of us the best way to plan is without any interruptions at all except those that we make for ourselves. This means, ideally, planning away from the hustle and bustle of work or your usual, crowded study area and sitting alone to think through a plan.

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Being uninterrupted does not necessarily mean working silently. Some writers prefer to work with a radio on in the background or music quietly playing though their headphones. If this is the way you usually ...

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