3 Ways Writers Can Produce Their Best Work IMMEDIATELY (Number Three)

Let’s talk about being in a flow state (or in the zone) in writing productivity — what it looks like and how you can get to it.

And here we go.

Wikipedia describes a flow state as “the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.”

Now, Wikipedia provides a lot of other information about a flow state, such as the history behind the concept, extreme examples of how it might reveal itself in human behavior, and the three conditions necessary to actually achieve it. And, all of those areas are quite interesting and worth looking into if you’d like to get deeper into the psychology of the concept.

But, I’m not a psychology major, so I’ll stay in my writing lane and keep the discussion in simple, “real talk” language that conveys the third way in which writers can produce their best work IMMEDIATELY. And, it has everything to do with the Number Three way of incentivizing the writer, which is . . .

Writing during the time(s) where you have the most opportunity for uninterrupted writing sessions, therefore, making it easier to get into the zone (or a flow state) with your writing.

Mind you, the above is only one of several ways in which you can get into a flow state (or in the zone) when you sit down to write. But you know what? Discussing this one way will be more than enough to get the party started and keep it going for the remainder of our time today.

So, when I think of getting uninterrupted writing sessions, I immediately go to the topic of cutting out distractions.

IMMEDIATELY!

Because disruptions (or distractions in this case) are the archenemy to uninterrupted periods of time.

Do you know how many internal and external stimuli the human brain is bombarded with in a day?  And no, I’m not going to tell you the answer, because I actually don’t know what it is nor do I really care to look it up. But I know it’s A LOT. I mean A LOT!

It’s a wonder we can get any one task done in a day, if truth be told. SO MANY distractions vying for our attention on a daily basis. And I’m just going to be honest. Many of those distractions aren’t good for our mental well-being and they’re definitely not good for our flow state when it comes to being productive in our writing.

Furthermore, I’m not about to go into a laundry list of the distractions that are out there, just waiting for you to give them a few minutes of your time so they can practically take over your schedule for the day. I’m just not going to do it.

Well . . .

Okay, maybe I’ll just share a few things like online technology in the form of:

  • emails,
  • YouTube videos,
  • streaming services, and
  • social media.

Or, you’ve got your other well-known technological distractors that suck up just as much or even more of your time like your:

  • cell phone,
  • television,
  • gaming system, and
  • really any handheld device that provides you with information or entertainment.

Then, you’ve got all the other “daily life” distractions that, realistically, aren’t the type of distractions that you can simply avoid or tuck away somewhere. Nor, should you want to. This category contains some very important distractions that must be tended to. Or, these distractions might be the type that are simply out of your control. Either way, you just creatively work around them and manage them the best you can. They look something like:

  • your family members and their needs,
  • household upkeep responsibilities,
  • work requirements (outside of your writing), and
  • outside noises in your neighborhood.

Now truly, I didn’t mean to go off on the distractions, but I wanted to give you a picture of what can interrupt your writing time if you let them. All of the above have interrupted my writing sessions a time or two, so I talk from experience when I say “you’ve got to get control of what you can control” when it comes to finding uninterrupted times to write.

For those distractions that will be there no matter what, tend to those things. Either you have to do what you need to do to satisfy them (like catering to the important needs of your family or home or job) or work to tune them out the best you can (like the outside noises in your neighborhood).

And here’s what you do for the noisy neighborhood distractions: get you some ear plugs or headphones to block the sound or learn to process background noise like “white noise.” Or, you can simply choose to write when you know there’s less bustling going on outside of your home. (Early morning and nighttime tend to be the best periods of uninterrupted time for most.)

Now, for all the other distractions that were mentioned (in bulleted lists 1 and 2), CONTROL that stuff, my friend. We all need a little self-control when it comes to the distractions we can control. And here’s the tricky thing: some of them can be very important as well, such as phone calls and emails.

Just try ignoring your calls and emails for a few days. Well, you might end up testing the strength of some friendships and jeopardizing your ability to keep your job. And, your family is going to see you as dismissive, uncaring, not dependable, and down-right rude.

So, you don’t want to simply ignore all the controllable distractions. You just want to learn when and when not to let them preoccupy your time.

Furthermore, the moments when you have writing on the brain are not the best times to let those distractions take over. The controllables can wait until your writing session is over. Because let’s just be honest, you can only write so much at one time. You’ll eventually come up for air to where your mind and your fingers need to take a break, recalibrate, and pick up the writing later on.

So, here’s my “in a nutshell” process for finding uninterrupted periods of time for your writing sessions, where you can get in a flow state and crank that productivity up to a hundred.

  1. Create a routine for managing the distractions that can’t be controlled and outline the routine on your daily/weekly schedule. These types of distractions will always be there and must be accounted for, so time block them in your schedule first. Your writing will work around them.
  2. Then, think of the times when you are mentally at points (throughout the day) when your creative juices can function in a flow state-like manner.
  3. Take those timeframes in 2 that are outside of the timeframes in 1 and make them your writing session periods on your daily/weekly schedule.
  4. Lastly, all the controllable distractions can fit in those times and spaces outside of 1 through 3 (above).

Sound like a plan?

Remember: Let’s simplify things.

Writing 2

2 thoughts on “3 Ways Writers Can Produce Their Best Work IMMEDIATELY (Number Three)

  1. Jana, I was not aware of the subject matter of this post until just now, so my comments on my earlier one applies. Without knowing it, there are similarities between what you have said and mine. What does that tell you?
    As you say, just go with the flow, providing it works for you. The end result is the important part, not necessarily how you get there. The journey should also be enjoyable, and at the same time, a challenge. A sense of achievement is something to be welcomed and enjoyed. Unfortunately, many in the mad world we all now live in do not experience this very often. Set the goal, get there, and enjoy that sense of achievement. That feeling spurs you on to set your next goal.
    That is enough from me!!
    Regards, Phil

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  2. In your first question, I’m going to answer with: “Great minds think alike.” Hee. Hee. You have such sound wisdom about so many things you’ve shared with me. So, if I mimic your sentiments, then I think I’m thinking well. And, I love what you’re saying here. Enjoying and appreciating the lessons from the journey is such an important part of truly gleaning all that you can from it — even the hard lessons. Yes, there’s nothing better than setting a goal to go after something, actually pursuing it, and then reaping the reward of receiving it. Truly does make you want to go for the next goal in line. Well said, Phil!

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