What does an interruption cost? According to an article written by Steve Pavlina, even a small interruption can:
- Delay work by 20-30 minutes
- Increase stress
- Create greater room for error
- Can even kill a task completely
My family is constantly interrupting me when I write, no wonder I can only finish one paragraph in 45 minutes. I want to become a more effective writer. My time is precious and I want to make it count, so how do I do that?
“Highly productive people know the importance of working in uninterrupted blocks of time with good focus and concentration. Consequently, they take steps to guard against interruption…” -Steve Pavlina
I want to become an author one day, I want my romantic story to sit on a shelf at the local bookstore, and to have people lose themselves in its pages for a a few hours of their lives. But, unless I continue to write, that dream will never reach fruition. I can no longer afford to wait for “writing time” to present itself, I must become proactive, this is my Third Act.
1. When will I write?
2. Where will I write?
My living room recliner, I like to write with my feet up.
3. How will I cancel out noise?
I have a playlist of Piano Guys songs, yummy. I will plug in my earphones and hit play.
4. What steps will I take to guard against interruption?
The time slot I have chosen is when I have only one kid at home, and it’s her nap time. Happy dance!
Tell me your plan.
How will you guard against interruption and get your book written?