Today’s writing prompt for Reverb 10 is brought to us by Leo Babauta. He is the author of the book, focus : a simplicity manifesto in the age of distraction.
THE PROMPT: What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
Well, I go to work everyday and, unfortunately, I can’t eliminate that. Yet. Seriously, though, in the time that I do have to write, there are so many things that I do that are non-productive and most of them involve the computer. Facebook, twitter and blog-hopping seem to draw me like a magnet. In order to write and not be distracted by such things, I find I need to remove myself from in front of the computer. Usually, when I am ready to write without distraction, I will sit in my overstuffed, red, Ikea chair curled up with my notebook and my pen. Not only is this chair very comfortable but it also provides sufficient space between me and the computer in order to be free from the temptation to tweet or to Facebook – just one more time.
Lately, it seems, I have been finding my way to my red chair less and less, for reasons such as procrastination, perfectionism, apathy, anxiety… I could go on and on with the excuses but I won’t, instead I will read Leo Babauta‘s book and recite my mantra of the day:
Step away from the computer, step away from the computer, step away from the computer, step away from the computer, step away from the computer, step away from the computer, step away from the computer…..