This is a real problem for me. I am very easily distracted. Today I saw this post on Facebook and thought it really summed me up. I can’t remember who posted it now but thank you.
Over the years I have developed strategies to help me keep focused on my writing. I thought I would share a few of them with you today.
I have found making lists of what I need to do helps. But I have narrowed it down to three things a day. Each day I ask myself:
“What three things do I want to achieve by the end of today?”
This helps me prioritise and makes my goals manageable. I have even started messaging my now grown-up children three tasks they should concentrate on each day. My daughter has even messaged me on occasions to ask what her tasks for the day are.
However, it is no good if you make the task too large such as: ‘Write a picture book’. This is not helpful. The task for writing a picture book needs to be broken down into smaller parts such as:
- Brainstorm ideas for a picture book.
- Decide who is going to be the main character.
- Think about what the main character wants to achieve.
This may be enough for one day’s work.
The other thing I have found that helps me to concentrate is tidying my study. When I have been working on a commission I tend to accumulate books, printed research and pieces of paper with rough notes doodled on them that pile up on the desk and the floor. Before I can start a new commission I clear everything away so I can start fresh with no potential distractions. A tidy environment helps me to keep a tidy mind.
I hope you find these ideas helpful.