Most of us have gaps of time in our days that we more or less waste (I want to say “all” instead of “most”, but there are some individuals who at least claim to be so highly structured with their time that every moment is accounted for; I am not going to dispute their claims, even though I find them difficult to believe). I am not saying that we do not need periodic breaks; in fact, I would suggest everyone make time to stop what they are doing for a few minutes to allow for clear minds and increased mental capacity. Yet there are many moments that we lose each day, moments that could make the difference between being a successful, productive writer and never finishing anything. Riding the bus or carpooling to work; waiting for the oven timer to go off; commercial breaks during the TV shows you allow … Keep reading!
If I were still a single man, I could get so much more writing done. With no wife or children demanding my attention (yeah, they’re selfish like that), I could spend hours at my computer churning out books one masterpiece at a time. I would be so successful that I would no longer need a separate job and could survive on whatever food can be ordered online and delivered right to my door. I am, of course, being facetious. Family is a gift from God and not a gift to be neglected or taken for granted. It is important that you spend time with your family every day. I would go so far as to say you should schedule time with your family: block out an hour each day (more on weekends) when you turn off all of your electronics and do something with your spouse and kids. Make this … Keep reading!
There are a lot of distractions out there. Facebook, e-mail, and YouTube are three common black holes in which time disappears, never to return. But there are other barriers to productivity, barriers that keep you from writing but are nonetheless important: preparing and eating food; sleep; work; family. If you think about it, I’m sure you can identify other hindrances to successful writing sessions. The first step, as in many areas of life, is identifying the problem (or problems). Then you can move on to making the necessary adjustments to put those distractions behind you. An interesting quote I found while preparing to write this post is, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” If you have been frustrated by your lack of productivity, I trust that this post will give you some hope and some practical suggestions to getting out of your slump. Let’s talk first about the Internet and Internet-related distractions. … Keep reading!