Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Writing - 2 Simple Steps to Stay Focused

Writing is never an easy task if you have many distractions around you. The only way you can write is to learn how to turn off all those distractions around you before you start writing. What are the distractions around you? Look around. What are you doing right now? Who is around you when you work? Is there a child or a pet that needs your attention? What other things that you need to do?

The truth is there are way too many distractions. Even if you don't have a kid or a pet, you might be surprised to learn that there are many distractions that will stop you from finishing your work. Social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Friendster, Tagged and YouTube are examples of distractions especially when you work using the internet, which most of us do. Emails would be the next, since there might be a new email coming in every minute - if you are one of the busy social networkers.

How do you get rid of these distractions? Simple. You just need to shut them off. Even better, you can shut off the browsers and just open up whatever applications you use for work. Since we are talking about writing, you will need a word processor, obviously.

Apart from social networks, some applications can be a distraction too. For example, Winamp or Windows Media Player. I am sure you know what these applications do and which is also why you need to minimise using them while working.

Just close the applications and keep your hands to yourself from opening them again. Sometimes, it is difficult to do but this is the discipline you need if you want to get things done on time. Would you want to have someone chasing your work all the time? No. So, get started.

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