I do hope it is writing otherwise you aren’t writing during your writing time and that is confusing to me. I know the goal may be to become more disciplined in your writing schedule but speaking from personal experience- it may not work. I found it difficult to be creative when I was being rigid with my process. As it says in the book, rigidity and
As we read forward you will see that this is a refresher of Product Time. A challenge has been given: for one week do nothing but Product Time during Product Time. Do not multitask or endure interruptions like email, Facebook, Twitter, texts…this even includes checking on your significant other, child/ren, dogs, or the ghost who likes to move things around in the entryway. I don’t think they like my flower arrangement.
1. If you are doing research during this time, you will most probably need a search engine. However, studies have shown that the best way to retain the research you need to do is to find a hard copy version of it. This would be a great opportunity to find a window of time to schedule a trip to your local library. Studies have shown that we recall more from hard copies than ereaders.
2. If you enjoy music while you work, it is suggested that it is instrumental only. Lyrics can and will interfere in your train of thought.
It’s 15 minutes dedicated to your work. You can spare that. They can spare you for that. You can do that. Right? Write? Just remember the best time to schedule Product Time is when you have no other MAJOR priorities on your plate. First thing in the morning or in the evening when all are settled in, are good times. During the day when you have 48 emails to respond to, 11 calls to return, a costume to sew (buy) for your children/puppy, plan dinner, go to 3 meetings that could have been handled via email, and avoid going to the gym. The middle of the day may not be a good window to be creative.
It’s amazing how much writing you do when all you do when you write is write. – Rosanne Bane