As a result of reading a blog (danged if I can remember whose!--or maybe it was a facebook post) advocating writing for 45 minutes before visiting emails in the morning, I modified this and formulated my own plan.
I can’t really write for 45 minutes in the morning, because I can’t write in the morning. I’m so not a morning person. I can get through emails and pay bills and do laundry and run some errands, but can’t write before lunch. So, in my modified plan, when it’s time for me to write--usually around 1:00 or 2:00 PM, I’ve started turning off my email notify and closing my browser window.
I can open it for research, but not for emails. And this does NOT work if I don’t turn off the notify. It’s hard to turn back on, too. I don’t know where the program is--yeah, I know I could find it if I dug for it--so the way I get it back on is to log off my profile and log back one. Which I don’t like to do because it means I have to close all my programs and windows that I like to keep open.
So the notify has been off for a couple days now. I think it’s rather relaxing.
I remember, in my interview of David Wisehart, his secrets to success were coffee and not watching TV. Now I’m wondering if other people have other productivity tricks up their sleeves. Would love to hear them!
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