5 Tips to Be Productive and Avoid Distractions while Writing

by Michelle Salater on September 28, 2011


When you’re writing, you’ll be much more productive and happier with your work if you can avoid distractions. This is easier said than done, so here are some ideas to help you prosper.

Choose a quiet time and place to write, and make it a habit.

Writing should be a regular part of your routine, and when you schedule it, you’ll be more productive. Do it at the same time every day or every week, and don’t let anything else interfere with it. Find somewhere with plenty of light and few distractions so you can get as much writing finished as possible.

Make sure coworkers, family, and friends know you’re busy.

Let everyone know what your writing schedule is so they’ll leave you alone or bother you only if there is an urgent situation. Once you’ve made your writing time a habit, it will be easier for them to remember when you need quiet and solitude.

Create a good writing environment, especially if you’re at home.

Working from home poses even more challenges, because often people don’t take you seriously or realize that you do need some alone time to write. Family or neighbors may want your attention, or you might have pets distracting you. Ideally, you’ll have a desk in a room with a door, but if not, you may have to get creative. Don’t answer the phone; better yet, turn off the ringer. Send the dogs to a doggie daycare for the day. Write while little ones are napping, or wait for your spouse to get home and ask him or her to take care of them.

Put other tasks out of your mind.

If you work from home, everyday household tasks may distract you from writing, or if you’re at work, the phone may ring. If you tell yourself you’ll do the laundry in one hour or turn off the phone’s ringer and let calls go to voice mail, your mind will be free to focus on writing. If you have an office door, put up a note stating when you’ll be free. Then close the door.

Reconsider music.

You may be avoiding music when you write because you’ve been told it’s distracting—and it can be. When you listen to talk radio, television, or music with lyrics, it can be distracting because those words are in your brain competing with the words you’re trying to create. However, music with no lyrics, such as classical, jazz, or new age, may help you focus by acting as white noise to reduce other distractions. Earphones or headphones are even more helpful for shutting out noise.

What do you do to reduce distractions? We’d love to hear your advice in our comments section.


If you like this post, you might also like:

  1. Writing Easily Digestible Marketing Copy
  2. Five Tips on How to Avoid a Social Media Disaster
  3. What Poetry Can Teach Us about Writing Marketing Content
  4. Press Release Writing 101: How to Write an Effective News Release
  5. 8 Link Building Techniques You Should Avoid
  • https://www.TheDirectMailMan.com Blase Ciabaton

    Great post Michelle-thanks for sharing! To avoid potential
    distractions, I write all of my posts in Notepad and never open any other
    windows while I’m writing. I almost always include a few links in my posts, and
    I found that when I would open my internet browser to add the links, I’d get
    distracted with Twitter or e-mail. Notepad is so basic that I can’t even add
    links or do any formatting-it forces me to do all of my formatting and linking
    to the very end-when I all done writing.

  • https://writtenbysumer.com/blog webcopywriter

    Blase–I never thought about that! Great idea and thank you for sharing! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just “taken a peak” at Facebook or my email while writing. Turns out, I usually spend at least 10 min. on those sites and then my train of thought has vanished. I might have to try your little Notepad trick. Thanks for sharing!

  • https://done4ucopywriting.com Judith

    These are great tips to keep in mind.  I find that having only one window open at a time makes me focus on what I need to do at the moment.  It also helps that I plan out the next day at the end of each current day.  That way the important tasks are foremost on my mind.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Previous post:

Next post:

Copy Doodle Blog Categories

Blog Marketing
Blogging Tips
Business Communication
Business Success Tips

Marketing Tips
Online PR SEO
Social Media Marketing
Video Marketing