There are many things that you could do as a writer to minimize
external disturbances that lead to a lack of focus. Some of these things
can be done successfully. But some other things are nearly impossible to
For instance, if you live in a large city, short of getting a sound
proofed house or apartment, you won’t be able to experience no noise
whatsoever. There will always be sirens in the background, people
walking by and perhaps chatting, a soccer game in the park and so on.
I live in a small town and there can still be a lot of distractions. For
instance, I was out on one of my many walks around the Avon River in
the morning, and I forgot that the Dragon Boat races were on. Well
needless to say, I couldn’t do a lot of thinking on that walk. Then I came
back home only to find that a gardener across the street was cutting the
grass. Then the was trimming the hedges. So, there wasn’t a lot of quiet
for me that day. So, how did I cope.
Here are a few things that I did:
1. I went into another part of the house and put in my ear plugs.
Then I was able to work on my lap desk and get some writing done.
2. Once the noise subsided outside, I got right to work. I spent time
planning what I was going to do so that I could get as much work done
3. Despite the fact that my phone rang, I didn’t answer the phone. And then I
set up my answering machine to pick up the rest of my calls and I
turned off the ringer.
4. I tried not to cram too much into that day and gave myself some
slack so that I could rest and just be for a few hours before bed.
5. I lay down for a good night sleep. Getting ample rest is one of the
most important things that you can do to concentrate effectively and to
focus on your work. You will reap a lot of rewards if you sleep well
~ Irene Roth