Let me share with you something I saw recently:
Distractions. There are many distractions in life. Some are unavoidable. We all have other commitments. But some distractions are very avoidable, and it is these distractions that prevent us from achieving that which we need to achieve.
I’ve spoken in the past about the benefits of simplifying. Small changes can make a big difference.
I made a small change recently, and it may sound silly, but it has worked. I changed fonts.
Have you ever sat down in front of your computer, and agonised over which font is best to use? Started to change fonts back and forth, trying to find the best one? That’s a distraction – shouldn’t you have been writing rather than worrying about the appearance.
So I switched to something simple. Courier. It is clean, it is simple, and it looks like I’m using a typewriter. And you know what? Since switching to Courier I’ve started writing more. Perhaps it is the psychological effect – if it looks like I’m using a typewriter, then the writing feels more “real”. Perhaps it is the starkness of the font that helps me focus on creating the words, instead of creating the look. Whatever the reason, it works for me.
It is amazing how one tiny little shift in behaviour can break you from complacency. Take some time to assess your own writing habits and see if you can identify one change, no matter how small or how crazy it seems, that could reap you benefits. It can be as crazy as switching fonts like me, or perhaps as drastic as this guy:
Hmmm, maybe his second suggestion is better….