Here’s the big damn secret…
You don’t have a time management problem.
You have a DISTRACTION management problem.
Don’t we all, right?
Check out how uber successful novelist Jonathan Franzen handles it.
This dude is a bad ass.
His book, “The Corrections” sold god knows how many millions of copies.
It drew worldwide critical acclaim, earned him a National Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, earned a James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
His novel “Freedom” published in 2010 received similar praise.
It also led to an appearance on the cover of Time magazine with the headline “Great American Novelist”.
What’s the key to his success?
It’s found in his daily writing routine.
He starts writing at 7 a.m. in a rented office, stripped of EVERY possible distraction.
It has nothing in it but a desk and a single computer.
There is NOTHING else in there.
No phone, no pictures on the wall, no windows… NOTHING.
He uses an old obsolete Dell laptop from which has been scoured clean of any trace of hearts and solitaire… and ALL other programs, too.
It has been ruthlessly stripped down to the level of just the operating system and a basic, no frills text editor.
Because Franzen believes you can’t be a serious writer on a computer that’s connected to the Internet, he not only removed the Dell’s wireless card… he also permanently blocked the Ethernet port.
“What you have to do,” he explains, “is you plug in an Ethernet cable with superglue, and then you saw off the little head of it.”
And THAT, dear friend, is how you manage distractions.
Franzen kinda makes every other writer I know look like a loser.
They’re all slaves to email, texts, Facebook… responding almost immediately like Pavlov’s dog…
…and they all wonder why they can’t get more done.
Right now my iPhone is in the other room and it’s on vibrate, too.
I learned a long time ago that checking email in the morning before my writing time is the very WORST possible thing I could do with my time.
It totally ruins my attitude, too.
I only log into Skype when I have a scheduled meeting.
I might log into Facebook for 3 minutes once a month. (I really don’t get your fascination with that abomination. Those are not REAL relationships, by the way. It’s a sick substitute for it, actually. It’s probably your BIGGEST time suck, too.)
So the “Franzen Formula” is simple.
Wanna manage your time better?
Manage your distractions better.
All the best,
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