I use this blog to gather information and thoughts about invention and innovation, the subjects I've been teaching at Stanford University Continuing Studies Program since 2005.
The current course is Innovation Timing (Winter '17).
Our book "Scalable Innovation" is now available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Scalable-Innovation-Inventors-Entrepreneurs-Professionals/dp/1466590971/
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Frederick Terman of Stanford University, widely considered one of Silicon Valley fathers, used a simple and productive method to write his books:
Terman never took a sabbatical to write this or any other textbook. Instead, he set himself the deceptively easy goal of writing one page a day, and actually managed to turn out a shelf full of books that way. (Understanding Silicon Valley, Chapter 3).
The Clockwork Muse by Eviatar Zerubavel describes a similar commitment device in great detail.