How To Avoid Writing Distractions

Speed Writing Distractions

speedwritingdistractionpngWe all face distractions in life. Every day we are inundated with more information than we can possibly handle. Some of it is wanted information, like TV shows or silly internet memes. Some is unwanted, like interruptions from family and friends. But it all sucks time away from our productivity, and that means less money coming in.

Writing Distractions can be costlier than you think. It takes the average person about fifteen minutes to return to full concentration after being interrupted, and if you are interrupted repeatedly during the day, it can cause a dramatic drop in your productivity.

Learning to deal with those distractions is one of the most important things you can do to improve your writing speed, because you’ll eliminate those things that tend to interrupt you and ruin your concentration, and you’ll be able to keep full productivity a lot longer.

Family & Friends

The most common source of writing distractions for the average work-at-home entrepreneur is from family and friends. They seem to think that because you work at home, you can be interrupted at any time without any real consequences. After all, you are your own boss. You can’t fire yourself.

But it’s very important to let anyone who interrupts you know that you care what they have to say, but they must wait until you aren’t working to say it unless it’s a real emergency.

Tell them that just because you work at home does not mean you can deal with interruptions. They must wait until you are “off work”, just like they would if you had a traditional job.

If they just refuse to listen to you, find someplace where you can work uninterrupted, even if it’s just a closet or bathroom.

Failing that, you can try wearing headphones to keep some of the interruptions at a minimum. People will have to make a conscious effort to interrupt you, which will help keep them mindful of the need to leave you alone while you work.


Sources of entertainment are all around us these days. It’s all to easy to fall into the trap of playing “just one more round” of Candy Crush or watching “just one more episode” on Netflix. The next thing you know, your whole day is gone.

This is where discipline must come into play.

If you find it hard to discipline yourself to stay away from such distractions, try using a timer. Set a timer of around ten to thirty minutes and promise yourself you can have time for whatever you want as soon as you finish working. When the timer goes off, it’s your choice to either keep working for another round or take some time to have fun.


Email is a huge time suck for a lot of people. Unless you’re expecting a very important email, make the commitment to check it only twice per day—once in the morning, and once at the end of the day. That’s all you need. Really!


There will always be other things that step in to distract you. Knocks at the door, phone calls, text messages, pets, package deliveries, and a million other things.

If you’re serious about writing, you’ll start eliminating or reducing these writing distractions as much as possible. And if necessary, you might consider renting an office space where you can have privacy and avoid as many of these interruptions as you can.

In tomorrow’s post, we are going to take a look at how you can learn to type faster, so don’t miss it! Think you already type pretty fast? Maybe so, but you can always improve!

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