Right now I’m writing on a blank page. To me this computer screen is the same as a piece of paper. This computer screen doesn’t know about Facebook. It doesn’t have the Windows bar reminding me that I have 25 tabs open in my browser and that my processor is struggling to render the video that I have paused at 1:21.
Right now there are renovations going on in my basement, but I am all but unaware of the racket they are making because my music playlist is pumping out the tunes from a customized playlist. I can sing along to every song, but that seems to make the background aspect of it that much more appealing.
So this takes me to the question from the title of this post (which I can’t see right now by the way):
How does one eliminate distractions from a world turning so fast and shrinking in size so rapidly?
Spoiler alert: I don’t have an answer for everybody, I just have the answer that works for me… And in the simplest terms possible this is how I’m accomplishing it right now:
Make it BIGGGER!
- Most people want to see things normal size on their screen
- I don’t like to strain my eyes
- I like to actually see what I’m doing
- Big things look important. If you make them big, you better make them important too
- Change the resolution on your desktop to the lowest possible setting, it will make everything bigger, and you won’t have to individually change the sizes of your various applications.
- BONUS: Doing as above will allow you to seamlessly edit in Google Docs. Changing the size in your browser, unfortunately will not be such a smooth transition.
- WordPress to press my words on the screen
- Full Screen edit mode to enlarge the writing area
- F11 to go full screen on Google Chrome and hide the toolbars
- It’s like a notebook on steriods.
- I don’t have to worry about my illegible handwriting.
- I can type much faster than I write.
- I don’t run out of ink or paper.
- I can make these awesome lists and other wonderful formatting
- Use it!
- Everything you work on goes wherever you go.
- Need to gain access to that important document in Timbuktu? There’s clouds there right?
- Your laptop melts down with all of those important documents? Did you backup to the server since you made that change on the Peterson account? What revision is the right one?
- The cloud. Period. Your everything is everywhere and updated all the time.
- Google Docs is free and will give you 5 Gb of cloud space.
- Your corporation doesn’t have cloud support? So? Get a personal account anyway.
- Grooveshark to allow for custom lists to be played on my command
- Pandora just won’t do. It doesn’t play what you want and requires too many skips. I found myself fiddling with it far too much a long time ago.
- Jammin tunes to get me in the mood. I have to nod my head to get into the music. It helps me relax and continue to work well.
- I have a list called chill – that’s not really what I’m aiming for.
- I have another list called high – its all uplifting music with a bpm fast enough to motivate. Bingo.
- I’m on one right now.
- They help you refocus on what is important for today
- They help you think about that thing that you know you forgot to do today
- Give your eyes a rest and avoid burnout
- You’re probably wondering what this has to do with anything. How can eating affect your productivity?
- In general, I know I’m not as productive when I’m hungry. Don’t make a mistake on the Peterson account at 12:45 pm because you’re not paying attention, go get some food.
- I only wrote this section because I was hungry and it was 12:45
Get It Out the Door
- Short bursts of high capacity work time
- Wellll this editor just changed its appearance halfway through editing this post.
- So it goes out the door! I’ll make more sense of this next time. There is no use for this post to sit in my drafts folder collecting dust until a later date when I finally find out how to make it perfect.
- Make it done, don’t make it perfect. There can be a rev 2 later to re – up everything that couldn’t be done in 1.0.
In order for me to focus, I discard as many opportunities for distraction as I can. I make the task at hand fill up all the space in front of me and enlarge it to create a self fulfilling prophesy: It’s big so it’s important. A computer can do multiple things at once, but mutli – tasking has been shown to decrease a person’s productivity on any one item. For that reason, all the toolbars, links, tabs, and notifications are out the window.
After that its time to turn the crank and get some words on the screen until it’s time for a break to regroup and re-prioritize.
Wash, rinse, and repeat.
More to come. I’m all out of paper for today.