Finding ways to type without distractions has become a huge challenge for many writers. While trying to keep organized, getting our work done and do it right, we often feel too overwhelmed by our constant need to perform well. Writers not only battle time, space and mind to put pen to paper or finger to computer. They also battle their own environment in order to write undisturbed.
It is a battle that is often lost regardless of how hard we try. The biggest distractions for online writers would have to be the Internet itself.
ironically, the very vehicle that brings us work is also the one standing in our way while we try to work. It is a bit of a catch 22.
While we can do only so much to directly influence our outside environment, e.g. the space around us, we can totally control the working space by eliminating clutter from our vision.
I have discovered one such way after trying countless applications. It is called Q10 and works a treat. Initially I was very quizzical about this simple text editor since I am a bit of a geeky girl at heart. I love my flashy writing tools, even though they are only tools such as Windows Live Writer, Open Office or White Smoke.
All of them perform really well for certain jobs and while I love them all and wouldn’t want to miss them in my writing life, I still found that distractions while writing were far too big to be ignored.
Don’t get me wrong. I always (or nearly anyway) get done what I set out to do, since I work to a strict schedule. But more often than not I also found while I fulfilled my diary’s needs, I didn’t fulfill my needs to add more residual income to my business by building niche sites. Something I had wanted to do for a long while.
Since my workload is pretty much full all the time I don’t have much room for lost time. Of course this is between me working and trying to keep a balance with a social live, time spent with my husband and my beloved pets.
So while I type this, I already experience a new sense of calmness while I write. Q10 effectively shuts out all distractions from my computer. While the software can’t control my environment, it can very much control how I concentrate on the actual writing, without getting sidetracked.
My first impression is very good and I vouched to use this software for the next week to see whether I can actually further improve my performance.
There is also another reason why Q10 took my fancy. I have recently become very frugal. I tend to seek more and more ways to cut out junk from my life. Whether this is in my home, as a writer or even when I shop, I already feel my mind set has made a huge difference in the way I live. I guess these days I’m a lot happier with less.
It’s a bit of trying to lose weight, where the weight resembles the lifestyle, gadgets, must haves. I’m not sure how you feel, but in recent years I experienced an increasing sense of drowning with all the things we have to absorb every single day. It is not a nice feeling and can lead to feeling totally overwhelmed with the constant need to buy this and buy that.
I’m no longer subscribed to those notions. Both my husband and I made a conscious decision about a year ago to focus more on the living and not chasing things. To be honest though, it doesn’t always work.
Sometimes I still have to satisfy an urgent need to buy something, even though I don’t really need it. But I quickly convince myself that I do. LOL. Isn’t our psyche a funny thing?
Anyway, I have made huge steps in the right direction with the frugal mind set that’s for sure. And now Q10 might even help me a little more.
Anyway, it is thanks to Lissie I discovered Q10 again. I know I’ve heard about this software some time ago but never actually went to try it. Now I am and I love it already. If you are interested in Q10 you can download it for free by following the link.
Take care and have fun