Download the audio version of this post: Everyone struggles with focus. This is why I prompt participants in A Meeting With Your Writing to think about what they'd like to try that day to optimise their focus. In this rather long post, I set out the fundamental principles that underpin those … [Read more...] about Optimizing Focus: 3 elements to consider
Distraction is really a sub-theme of Optimizing Focus. In addition to posts with this tag you might also read Optimizing Focus: 3 elements to consider and others in that series.
I’ve written about focus and distraction before. A recent question during a Meeting With Your Writing has helped me clarify an important underlying principle. There are 2 parts to getting distracted: the trigger and where you go once distracted. These two elements are not completely distinct but … [Read more...] about Focus and the desire for distraction
A recent Twitter interaction with another writing coach helped me clarify some of the principles that underpin my approach to academic writing. Please, please, please remember that what is good advice for writers of young adult fantasy is not necessarily good advice for early career researchers! … [Read more...] about Is this Real Writing or procrastination?
Distraction is the enemy of productivity. There is all kinds of time management and productivity advice telling you to track what you are doing and get rid of all the meaningless tasks that don’t contribute to moving your project forward. There are apps and strategies for doing that. But are you … [Read more...] about Distraction: not the usual suspects
Have you ever felt like this? The replies to this tweet suggest that Charlotte is not alone. Sometimes the thing that's distracting you from your writing project is another writing project. It's like a toddler poking you while you make dinner. And it makes it really hard to focus. For this … [Read more...] about When another project is distracting you from this one