This really became relevant because just yesterday, I was talking to one of my clients who had been struggling with her writing. In fact, she had called noting she had only gotten one page written that day. For this writer, this is a big setback. She is someone who could normally average 7-15 pages on a regular basis.
So what happened?
She had never gotten into that Deep Work State.
Deep Work, in simple terms, is the idea of becoming overly focused and immersing oneself in an
He talks about people, believing they are fully involved with their work, but will stop, every now and then, to...
- check an email
- check social media
- check on anything...
IN the case of the writer, the dogs were just being dorks. She would sit down at the computer, thinking they were settled, and then one would feel the need to get up and walk around, accidentally bumping into one of the others and then distraction would kick in. Add in that, if the dogs were settled, the phone would ring from one of the kids in college in New York, or the infamous robo-call.
It sucks. And, we have all be there.
So how do we fix this.
It might not be something you can do all of the time, but when it is time to write, un-plug, eliminate those distractions. Try...
- Have the spouse or family member use this time to take care of the things you would have done.
- Turn off ALL social media.
- Unplug the phone.
- Turn off the cell phone.
- Close the door.
Again, you will not likely have the chance to do this all of the time, but if you want to be successful, you have to do this more often.
Have a great weekend!