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7 Tips To Help Writers Avoid Distraction
By Angela Joseph
Writing is an isolative activity, one that calls for a lot of discipline to keep going. If you are not careful, you can easily become distracted by your cell phone, the TV, your family, or even the load of laundry. So what can you do to prevent yourself from getting up before that article or chapter is complete?
Here are a few tips:
Make a time management plan, one that includes your activities for the day with time SLOTS and breaks. Chip Scanlan writing in the Poynter Report (2002) advises that writers make friends with a clock. He uses a talking timer from Radio Shack that counts down, counts up then beeps when time's up. I like the idea of the count down as it gives you time to get ready to stop instead a regular timer that just beeps at the end. You can draw up your own planner with time slots on the left, activity in the middle and the last column for notes, so you can jot down any relevant points at the end of the slot.
Remove all clutter from your workspace. I don't know about you, but I find it hard to focus if my desk is untidy. Ideally, the only things you should have on your desk while you are working are the things you use daily, ACCORDING to David Allen in Organizing Your Workspace. Things you use weekly can be kept in a drawer, or within walking distance.
Turn off the cell phone. You might think this would be obvious, but some writers keep open house and allow calls from clients, friends or family members at any time. This can throw you off when you are in the middle of a chapter, or you are polishing that article. A much better way would be to set time limits. Let friends, family members or clients know when you are available for calls and schedule those times in your time management plan.
Resist the temptation to snack. You may develop the munchies while writing, but if you have scheduled your snack breaks into your daily plan, you should not hear the chips calling your name.
Treat your writing as if it were a day job. People who work at a day job get dressed, drive - in most cases, to work then put in a steady amount of hours before taking a break. You should do the same. Some people say they love writing because they can work in their pjs. That may be true, but the leisurely feeling that comes from working in your pajamas can also cause you to work haphazardly.
Plan ahead. When you are done writing for the day, you should make a few notes of what you plan to work on the next day. Is it researching markets or information, working on your book or an assignment? Once you know what you have to do when you sit at your desk, you should be able to get right to it and avoid distraction.
Challenge yourself. If you have been writing the same type of material for the past ten years, chances are you will get bored at some time. Boredom and distraction are first cousins. Or you may suffer from burnout and begin to wonder if writing is really what you want. The good thing about writing is that the scope is endless. You may have grown accustomed to writing material for busy moms of young children, well, why not try your hand at physical fitness or technology or even travel. When you are fired up about your topic, you can never be distracted.
As a writer, you cannot allow yourself to become distracted. To do so can result in wasting time and/or producing work that is below your normal capability. By following these tips, you will avoid distraction and be a productive and happy writer.
Angela is a novelist and freelance writer who specializes in articles related to health, fitness and Christianity. Angela is also the author of Women For All Seasons. If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment and share with your friends.