As a writer it is essential to find the zone each and every day if you want to get anything done at all. Distractions at home and online are mainly responsible for procrastination, and unless we learn to switch them off we will struggle to get things done. I noticed yesterday how easy it is to find my zone when I’m working in my mobile office.
I enjoy my mobile office tremendously because it lets me switch off to the rest of the world and get things done with efficiency. What would usually take me double the time at home takes me barely half of it when I’m working at the beach.
In the last few months my birds have actually managed to drive me mad on more than one occasion. It seems they are currently eternally horny and want nothing else than to multiply themselves. As you can imagine, having already a sizable amount of them at home doesn’t contribute toward a peaceful work environment, therefore I choose to go mobile more often than not these days.
Escaping typical distractions
It isn’t always easy to get off my butt and pack things up to head out, even if it’s just a couple of things I need. Sometimes I find myself too comfortable at home which is dangerous because I tend to become a hermit.
I enjoy being in my own four walls and especially on our lovely veranda with views into the garden. It is very peaceful and the green helps to fight my stress levels when the birds are especially naughty. But having said this, I love them dearly and couldn’t imagine being here without them. They are my little buddies who keep me company while I work.
If you find it hard to get into the zone at your home you might need to find alternatives as well. Perhaps you could head out to your local coffee shop or the mall. I find that by removing myself from the source of distraction I usually relax immediately anyway.
Discipline is a must
I love being in the zone because my mind allows itself to work distraction-free. Another good way to get things done at home is to log off the Internet altogether. Switch off email, Skype and everything else and you will get so much more done.
Afterward you can reward yourself for having been diligent by allowing half an hour “play time”. During that time you can do whatever you like without feeling guilty.
Disciplining myself like this has helped me concentrate on the tasks at hand while getting things done over the last couple of years.
It isn’t easy but persistence pays
It wasn’t easy to be strict with myself, but through trial and error I learned what works for me and what doesn’t.
You might need a different set of discipline altogether. Just remember, there will always be one sort of pain in life.
You either suffer the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret – Jim Rohn
It’s your choice. Make the most of it.