It does not matter what type of material it may be that you are writing, whether it is an article, a press release, or even a blog post, it is imperative that you stay focused if you want to end up with material that can be productive. There are times that many of us tend to lose focus, which is a fact that ends up making it extremely hard to achieve the high quality that we are aiming for.
Try These Tips To Help Maintain your Focus
Turn off the phone – When you are working on an important project and your deadline is drawing nearer, it can be very helpful to simply turn the ringer off the landline and your cell phones, and allow the answering machine to take your calls. When you are deeply involved and well focused, a ringing telephone is a frustration that can end up completely ruining the moment.
Manage your time wisely – You are generally able to spend the time focusing on a specific project if you will manage the time that you have wisely. If you need to get several projects done in a certain amount of time, schedule a specific amount of time to spend on each one so that this can be time spent focusing only on that particular task.
Close your email clients – Although email is very important to most of us, it can also become a liability to us if we allow the emails we receive to be a distraction. If you are able to, turn off your email client altogether while you are working on projects. If you simply cannot turn it off, then at least make the rule for yourself to not break away from your task just so you can check emails that are coming in. Even this type of distraction is one that can completely ruin your train of thought.
Social media and the Internet –There are numerous social media websites that seem to make their way into our daily life. These are wonderful sites and they can provide a large amount of entertainment and learning, but as with everything else in our life, they have their own place and time to be enjoyed. Refraining from going to websites such as this will go a long way when you are trying to discipline yourself in ways to focus only on the task at hand.
Set an environment that makes focusing easier – Before you even begin the writing project that you need to complete, it is much more beneficial to maintain a level of focus if you will take care of anything that could pose a distraction while you are busy working.
By taking just a small amount of time to perform each one of these steps, the level of quality will rise much higher in the writing projects that you tackle. They only take a few minutes and the quality of work you provide will benefit a great deal in the long run.
If I could, I would spend many hours each day working on my Twitter account. But, since I also have a life, I need to take care of other things too. How do you pull away from Twitter so as not to be distracted all day? I do not have to stop being working in Twitter, I just need to back off some so I can refresh and be more focused when I work on my Twitter account. You do not have to completely break off from Twitter. Just shut it down for a short time and get some other work done.
- Closing Twitter Applications
Close out your desktop clients, mobile applications or regular web applications like Twitter search. Several of these applications distract you by giving browser alerts, or Tweeter notifications. It is difficult to ignore these alerts. When you have the time to focus on your Twitter account, turn them back on. It is best to twitter when you have the time to concentrate and focus on what you are doing. Don’t worry about closing these down, they will still be available at the time of your choice.
- Redirect Your Email Alerts From Twitter
Your e-mail box can quickly fill up even if you are using Twitter by itself, or a Twitter application such as Topify to forward messages to your inbox. Set up a folder for these personal and professional Twitter messages and you will be able to locate them quickly and respond if necessary. You will feel much more in control.In addition you will be more in control when you do your Twitter maintenance. All your Twitter emails will be sorted into the folders you set up, making it easier to locate and respond to the more important ones.
- For Direct Messages, Limit Use Of Mobile Twitter
Turn off your Twitter applications such as Twitterberry or Twitdrod (mobile link) for an hour or so. Change your mobile Twitter settings to only receive direct messages on your cell phone. To send text messages requests into Twitter to receive the most recent updates for a particular user, for example, use your computer and not your cell phone.Some states do not allow cell phone use while driving. The text message alert on your cell phone is distracting and difficult to ignore. Limiting the use of Twitter for a short time throughout the day improves your time usage and allows you to compartmentalize your time so you can be an effective blogger.
- Updates Can Be Auto Posted
To appear as an active Twitter, use options like the one available by Sendible for auto-posting. Adding feeds to update through Twitter will allow you to appear active also. These will allow you to disconnect from Twitter physically and mentally so you can conduct other business and refresh your mind.Using a service such as Twitterfeed, you can set RSS feeds to auto-post to your Twitter. Choose a RSS feed that contains topics that you are interested in and can help your brand. Set the RSS feeds to auto-post to your Twitter as often as you request. To make it more personal, try Sendible which allows you to create a message along with the date, time, repetitive behavior and frequency to Tweet.
- Auto post some updates.
It’s like having a Twitter clone. Whether you’ve added feeds to update through Twitter, or you’ve signed up for an auto-posting option such as the one offered by Sendible, there are plenty of ways in which you can physically and mentally disconnect from Twitter without your presence being removed from the microblogging platform. Others will still receive your tweets and see your online Twitter activity, even if you aren’t actively tweeting.
- Shut Down The Twitter Tab
Professional bloggers and business developers use Twitter as a primary means of communication. Otherwise, when you get distracted, just disconnect from Twitter. Once you’ve given your mind time to relax, you can reconnect with Twitter and be much more alert and focused.