If you’re like me, you still have multiple obligations and writing isn’t your full-time day job. And if you are also like me, you have to carve out writing time. In my day job, I carve out chunks of time in 32 minute increments. I close my door. I put my phone on do-not-disturb. I sign out of my email and I focus on a specific task. In this way, I am more productive and my staff know that when I am available to them, I am giving them my full attention without distraction.
I realized that I also needed a chunk system in my writing life at home. Instead of full 32 minute segments, I set the timer for 10 minutes at a time and stop all distractions and focus on the scene at hand or the specific research that I need, but only for the 10 minutes. Then if I want to play Candy Crush or chat or watch television, I don’t feel guilty.
I am also going to post my word count. I think that will keep me focused and accountable. If you are a writer, I’d love to hear ways that have helped you focus. How do you find time to write? What distractions are your biggest foes? Maybe it’s a different location that makes it easier to write. Whatever your process, we all have the same amount of time in a day. And if you aren’t doing things that you enjoy more than the things that frustrate or annoy you, it’s up to you to change something.
Continue viewing the world through words.