We think that we have an imaginary tree that will keep bearing fruit forever, instantly.

As tempting as that idea is, there’s no harvest without proper care. You must tend to your tree, provide the proper nutrients, and prune it correctly. The best work can only happen when there’s a deep respect for that natural cycle.

What I’ve found to be effective is quieting of the mind. Planting an idea and then just noticing. Wandering for a while. It might not feel like work, but that’s when I feel the most productive. Not immediately. But later, when things fall into place and complex things suddenly feel simple.

You need to develop a sense of respect for that cycle. Ignore that, and there’s no fruit to pick.