Yesterday, Renard wrote this How To Write A Blog Post Under Any Circumstance – Renard’s World which is about writing and keeping writing, and staying focused.
It takes a lot to distract me from what l am doing normally, and more so especially when l am 100% hyperfocused on what l am doing. I can write to loud music, hell l can write poetry for example to loud heavy base beat. I can tolerate small distractions when writing like telephone calls or the doorbell ringing with a delivery, or Scrappy needing to go to the toilet, or if it starts to rain like right now and l have to dash … excuse me ….
… thanks. I had to go and get the washing in from the line, now where were we? Oh yes that’s right.
…or mostly anything small like that.
The one thing that can distract me more than anything when writing and really playing havoc with my creative juices, is when someone is speaking to me directly and expecting or awaiting a response, and l don’t mean on the telephone.
Suze has a habit of disturbing me at times when l am writing. Now l can write all day every day, l don’t have a specific time to create a post, albeit of late, and especially starting from this week, l have been trying to get my main bulk of posts written before 1.00pm everyday.
I usually start writing at around 10 – 11am after l have planned the entire day’s activities and the internal reblogs, responded to overnight comments, post dated the following days first four posts and prepped up the majority of the actual day’s posts for the day l am in, as well as structuring how the courses l am taking need to be addressed for that afternoon. I work through lunch reading course material.
After 1pm, l am dedicating 4 solid hours to online business study, then an hour to merchandising the design collections into new online stores which is more time consuming than many might imagine, and then l usually work until around 7pm with target planning and goal setting, take a couple of hours break to either cook or eat dinner, take some me time, and usually get back to the computer around 9pm to read posts and respond to comments left etc.
So far everyday has been different and l have been pushing myself to my absolute limits of productivity to finalise what l need for an entire day of production. So far l have worked out that l need to be in front of my screens from around between 7am – 7pm and then 9pm – 11.30pm or roughly 14-15 hours at this stage of the game, to write, create, post and publish, interact and engage and participate in all of my daily activities. I am currently realising that like today, l could probably rise at 5.30am and start work at around 7am sharp and work through till around 7pm as a one 12 hour block of time.
I mean that would be my ideal main block of day 12 hours mostly undisturbed and if l was to achieve that, l could probably get away with no distractions, meaning that from 9pm – 11.30pm l could easily be disturbed then as l wouldn’t be doing anything so heavy that disturbance was considered to be both a pest and a pain.
But even today is broken with life issues, due to having a physio appointment today at 1.30pm, and a organised call at 12.20pm with the vets regarding Scrappy’s health, all told that will take out of my day approx 3 hours, but these things need to be done because they are more important than anything else.
When Suze works from home on a Friday with her job, l find my entire day is beset with disturbance, my routine is broken. I expect to run on a different schedule come the weekend, but l need a good 60 hours a week at present with very few disturbances as l have deliberately taken on board huge study commitments between now and roughly December with 2 business courses and 11 professional courses which l shall discuss in due course in The Positive Brain series, never mind my personal blogging time and all the series l maintain here and the hobby with the shops.
Now l can cope with all of these things, that’s not the problem. The biggest issue at times is my main distraction … when people speak to me when l am writing creatively. Their words mixing with my thought to penned words cause absolute havoc with my brain!
How about you, what causes you the most distraction when writing and what do you do to prevent these disturbances, or does it not bother you?