Writing 200 words a day has really emphasized how easily I get distracted. My phone is constantly buzzing with notifications. Customer support needs attention. The red badge on my email inbox just keeps counting up. I'm hungry. Yes, I am a chronic snacker.
It's crazy how just doing a few simple things can put me in a completely different place.
- Turn on "do not disturb" on my phone.
- Full-screen my writing so that I can't see my email, or customer support inbox.
- Get out of the house where all the food is.
Out of sight, out of mind!
I just need to resist the urge to pick up my phone or exit full-screen mode. Easier said than done!
One thing that helps is to have things broken down into smaller, easily digestible, tasks. Just like writing 200 words a day. I tell myself I can have a snack after I check off a task. The tasks are easy enough that I can see it on the horizon. Over the course of the day, I end up checking a lot of boxes and eating a lot of snacks! Win-win.
What things do you do to remove distractions or get in the zone?