To stay with January’s productivity/time management theme, I’m sharing links to a few blog posts I recently read.
The first one was a guest post by Tamera Alexander over at Seekerville–“10 Writing Tips for Staying Focused & Finishing Your Book.”
Here’s an excerpt:
1. Disconnect…and be disciplined about it—
So easy to say, so hard to do.
In my early years of writing there weren’t as many distractions as there are today—yes, we did already have cell phones and email (I wrote my first novel in 2002, not the dark ages!)—but phones and email and social media weren’t the “great commanders of time” as they seem to be now. The number of ways to communicate has increased exponentially since then. Which, in turn, has contributed to our lack of concentration and ability to focus.
Now there’s Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, blogs and the list goes on and on. An author could easily spend the majority of her time doing social media, staying connected with readers (which is an absolute blast!), and sorting the rest of “life stuff” that always crops up—and never write. Or at least never finish that novel.
The best—the only—way I’ve found that works for me is to turn it off. Literally.
There’s much more to it, and it’s worth the entire read. You can find the rest of the post HERE.