Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that – Joss Whedon
The above quote on doing the fun stuff first is just one of the tips Whedon shares. He talks about rewarding himself frequently (with chocolate).
Whedon also favors consuming different types of content — watching “outside of your viewing zone, your reading zone.” Another point for diversity (though Whedon doesn’t mention this specifically)!
Finally, Whedon advises just doing it, no excuses. He sees younger creators better about doing this: “this generation is not waiting for someone to read their spec script, and I love that.”
Reward yourself often. Mix up your entertainment. Just get things done. What are your favorite tips for being productive?