The past few days, I’ve been sliding in productivity — not a lot, but enough to measure. In my publishing business, the numbers are stagnating, and it’s no coincidence that I haven’t felt as focused on it. This morning, I resolve to find the culprit, and I did: my laptop.
The device isn’t evil; I just haven’t been using it properly.
The problem is never “time management,” but attention management.
Usually, I make sure to leave my text or Scrivener file open in full screen mode. When I come back to the laptop, I will get back into the flow of whatever I was working on. But the last few days, I’ve been leaving my web browser up. Not good! I find myself up to the usual mischief of checking multiple email accounts, seeing what’s new on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
But worse, my thoughts of “how am I going to tune up my business today?” get derailed, and I find myself completely forgetting my purpose. It’s no surprise that my results reflect the lack of focus. Obviously, this will work for writing, too, especially if you’re hitting the wall during NaNoWriMo. Is it that you’re truly stuck, or is it that you’re losing focus?
If you want to make better progress on your book or story, try leaving your project file up and closing your web browser. It seems stupidly obvious, but are you doing it?