Through out the week most authors are bombarded with enticing and seductive distractions that are working hard to lure them away from their writing work. Whether it’s Netflix or Nintendo. Restaurants or raves. The number of distractions are seemingly endless and ever growing.
So, how do you overcome those distractions and maintain a high level of focus and concentration on your Kindle writing so that you can ultimately reap the rewards of your hard work.
Well, there are a number of different techniques you can deploy and I’m going to cover the main ones in this article today.
1. Utilise The Pomodoro Technique.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method in which you work consistently for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break, using a clock timer to keep track. 25 minutes of work followed by a 5 minute break is one “Pomodoro”.
After 4 Pomodoro’s you take a longer break, which can be 15 minutes. The Pomodoro technique is designed to improve your focus and concentration by breaking down a large, overwhelming task, like writing a chapter of a book, into small bitesize chunks (Pomodoro’s).
2. Have A Separate Laptop/Computer Just For Writing
You could use the same laptop/computer you use for leisure activities for your writing and download apps that block leisure apps/sites whilst writing.
However, we believe an even more effective way of managing distractions and avoiding temptation and thus staying more focused on the task of writing is to have a completely separate laptop/computer just for writing and nothing else, which you associate with your work only.
3. Block Out Time To Write.
Block out a chunk of time per day or week just for writing as opposed to stealing some time whenever you can to get some writing done.
When you block out time for the sole purpose of writing you make that intention clear to your mind and are much more inclined to stay focused on writing and less likely to get distracted by other things during that allotted time.
4. Set Long And Short Term Goals.
In order to stay focused and motivated it’s very important for your brain to have both short and long term goals to work towards. Just long term goals without short term goals can lead to overwhelm and just short term goals without long term goals can lead to lack of motivation and demoralisation.
Both overwhelm and demoralisation are focus and concentration killers. So, set up manageable and achievable short term goals that fall into an ambitious and exciting overall long term goal.
5. Manage Your Environment.
Managing your environment is crucial to maintaining focus and concentration when writing.
If you are in an environment that is too stimulating and distracting then you are much less inclined to be able to work consistently on the task of writing.
Most writers find quiet, dimly lit environments the best for writing. It’s best to experiment to find the environment that results in you writing the largest quantity of quality material without getting distracted.
6. Resist Multi-tasking.
Recent research from the world of psychology and neuroscience has found that multitasking is a myth and doesn’t actually exist. What is really happening when we think we are multi-tasking is that our brains are rapidly moving from one task to another giving us the illusion that we are doing both tasks are the same time.
This is actually really taxing on the brain and further reduces our capacity and ability to focus and concentrate for long periods of time, which is essential to good writing. So, ditch the idea that you will be making better use of your time if you write whilst doing something else.
5. Take Care Of Yourself.
Taking care of your mind and body will give you the mental and physical resources you need to better exert focus and concentration for long periods of time.
Consistently eating a diet that is high in natural whole foods and low in processed junk food, getting adequate sleep, exercising regularly and meditating are all tried and tested things that will keep your body and mind feeling their best and thus making focusing on writing for long periods a lot easier than the uphill struggle it would be if you were not doing this self care.