July 11, 2011

overcoming the hurdle

While killing time between projects at work, today (translation: procrastinating) CampNaNoWriMo, who I am following on Twitter @CampNaNoWriMo posted this:

I thought about it for a moment and responded:

I don't know yet if it was good enough to re-tweet, but this is a point I have touched upon before: distractions.

Right now, we have more distractions than ever preventing us from reaching our goals. I'm a multi-tasker by nature, but when I'm checking my Facebook, instant messaging with friends and Tweeting every five minutes, I am hardly allowing myself the time to focus.

A co-worker recently shared this video with me. John Cleese of Monty Python fame speaks about the creative process. In it he mentions how volatile distractions can be to creativity.

It makes sense. When you force yourself to become immersed with your project, your creative juices will really get flowing. That's why I make a point to cut myself off for a couple of hours at a time every day when I am heavily involved in a project.

For more ideas about staying motivated while you work, read this great advice posted on the Camp NaNoWriMo blog, this weekend.

Now, excuse me while I cut myself off from the world for a few hours to write.

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