Writing with Distractions – Five Tips

Unless you’re a hermit and some of you might be, your likely forced to write with distractions. You might ask yourself what options you have to avoid distractions. You could go to the local coffee shop and maybe find peace and quite. Does the library offer you a writing refuge? Perhaps you hide in an office at home or work, but if your responsible you most likely won’t alienate your family. This likely means you try to write with distractions. You’re certainty not alone,  many others are trying to write under similar conditions.

Five Tips:

  • Limit the distractions to a minimum.
  • Come to an agreement with family for quiet time to write. If they know your schedule they will likely respect it. Always remember your family needs attention too, they should always come first after all.
  • Embrace distractions, sometimes they can fuel the most interesting ideas.
  • Avoid anxiety over deadlines, because you will finish the writing project if it’s important. Try to breathe.
  • Stuck? Spend fifteen minutes to relax and then come back.

1. Limiting Distractions

How can you possible limit distraction you might ask? Set a schedule for your writing. Turn off your phone. Don’t even think about housework. Make sure your writing area is organized so that a mess doesn’t tempt you into cleaning. Set daily goals for when you want to be finished with an article. Avoid stressing over goals you don’t get done, you need to remember goals are not promises just something to try to achieve. Pick times when your house will be quiet, such as early morning or later in the evening. You will likely come up with more ways to limit your distractions after reading the rest of this article.

2. Family Agreements

Number one, don’t ever sacrifice time with your family. They can be your greatest support and inspiration. If writing isn’t a hobby, you should make an agreement with your family. Include your children, if your kids are old enough to talk, they will probably be able to get a basic understanding. Why? Because if they even partly understand why you need quiet time they won’t feel neglected. Assuming the agreement you have in mind is reasonable your spouse probably won’t object all that much. Need extra writing time? Find an acceptable compromise with your household. In the end, your family will likely come out with a better understanding of each others schedules and feelings.

3. Stop Fighting and Embrace

Have writers block? Why not try embracing distractions? The answer to your problem could be in the distractions you avoid. The idea for this article is the result of being distracted on a regular basis. Are your kids noisy and playful? Why not ignore the noise and just focus on the enjoyment in their eyes and the innocence as they play. Look for beautiful inspiration by studying each distraction.

4. Avoid Anxiety

Writing on a deadline? Have a task list to finish before the day ends? Ignore the list and complete the writing task at hand. Once your done move on to the next. Keep the list out of reach so you can’t look at it every five minutes. Unless you procrastinate, you will finish them on time because it’s important to you. If it’s not important, you should find a new writing topic. People will be able to tell if your article, book, or paragraph was written from the heart. Don’t let stress rob you of the joy that writing brings.

5. Fifteen Minutes

Do you find yourself stuck and only able to focus on the distractions? Feel the need to escape?  Get up and go for a walk. Play with your kids. Talk to your wife or other family members, sometimes venting your frustrations can put you back on track. Listen to five of your favorite songs before returning. Thinking of switching to a different writing project? Take the fifteen minutes to reset your thoughts so you don’t get hung up on the last project.


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