This is a guest post from Matthew Day of Words Beyond The Lines
Seems like every time I sit down to write, dozens of distractions begin to call out my name. People walk through the room, Skype goes off, and suddenly I realize that I am thirsty.
To really get down to writing, you almost have to create your own little distraction proof bubble. Actually, creating this type of bubble isn’t that hard and you can do it virtually anywhere.
Setting up a distraction free writing environment involves three primary steps:
1) Fix up your work space so that you won’t need to get up. Make sure your seat is comfortable, fill up a tall glass of water, etc. It is amazing how seemingly little things like getting up to go to the bathroom can disrupt your train of thought.
2) Lock down the computer with a distraction free writing program such as writer.bighugelabs.com. I choose this one because it is web-based and easy to use, but there are others available as well. Just Google “distraction free writing environment.”
Don’t forget to disable instant messengers during this step. I forgot to do that while writing this post. I had barely begun writing before people started Skyping me.
3) Turn on some music. The noise blocks everything else from my mind and helps me to focus. I take it a step further and use headphones. I have actually noticed a difference between the effect of speakers and headphones, and for me the headphones do a better job of shielding my thoughts from distractions.
Also, the act of putting the headphones on is a bit like a signal to my brain telling it to go into writing mode.
One final tip is to take a walk when your mind starts to clog up. I know I said earlier to avoid anything that would cause you to get up from your desk. The difference is that while distractions take your mind off of writing, getting up to take a walk away from any distractions can help you to clear your mind and organize your thoughts.
Key phrase: “Away from any distractions.”
This is what works for me. Your bubble make look a bit different. Experiment and see what works for you.
What does your writing bubble look like?
About the Author: Matthew Day began his writing career at the age of 8, writing construction paper “books.” Today he encourages writers to think outside of the box through his blog wordsbeyondthelines.com