I got the call yesterday that there wouldn’t be enough work for me to keep occupied with all day today, so I wasn’t needed to go in to volunteer this week. I’ll check back with them on next Wednesday or Thursday to see if there’s something for next week.
In fact, that’s how we’ve been doing it for a few weeks now, I’d call on the Wednesday to confirm that they had something and then go in on Friday to do it.
Now, you might think that today would be one of those opportunities for me to just lounge around, maybe watch a movie or catch some TV. Nope. I’m taking another shot at the writing day concept. However, unlike when I first tried it, I now know the secret to getting me to write.
Turn off the internet.
Believe it or not, it’s as simple as that. I just go to the taskbar, right click the connection and say “Disable”. I then set the timer to something like 55 minutes and do nothing but concentrate on writing. The only sounds I hear in that time are the keyboard clicking along, the clock ticking away and music coming from my speakers.
Really, that is where the first writing day got off of the track – I left the internet on, so I kept getting tempted away by things like watching videos on YouTube. So far today (and it’s just before 11am as I’m writing this), I’ve gotten my Google Reader unread count down from the hundreds to about 20 (there are some items that I need to take and put in the weekly wrap up for this week, and others that I need to label and put aside). I’ve also gotten in a comment on a blog, and I’m going to continue the NaBloPoMo commenting later today – I’m thinking to aim for fifteen blogs today.
Later on today, I’m going to basically take the keys to the car and drive it. Yesterday was meant to be the day I got behind the wheel, but I forgot that it was the day where there’d be no car here from the morning til about 8pm, and I’m not ready for night driving just yet. 😉
I should take this opportunity to mention something you see on the left hand side of the screen – the little Add me to Skype button. Right next to that is a little icon that tells you my status. You may see a gray question mark, that just means they can’t figure out my status… If it’s a gray x, then I’m offline (i.e. either I’ve turned Skype off, my connection’s died and I’ve disconnected, or on the rare occasion, I’m in invisible mode); a green check (with nothing on it) means I’m online and available. Using this does require you to set one privacy setting on your Skype, but I don’t mind random folks knowing my status. 🙂
In the 55 minutes that I set the timer for, I got this post written (about 15 minutes), got Tuesday’s post started, and wrote another whole post; not too bad, eh? 😀