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December 2 – Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)

I’d never said that I was a good writer. I would always had an excuse, “Oh I have too many projects to do.” or “this person wants me to do this or that.” By the end of the day, I would be so tired that I would forget altogether until that pang gets in my stomach again.

One of the things that was a roadblock was procrastination. I admit, I did read Focus after reading Gwen Bell’s post, so I had already begun to take the steps to be a better writer.

My ideas were scattered. They would be on my phone, my laptop, my physical notebook, my other computer and there wasn’t a central place for them.

I had decided to buckle down over the holiday weekend and use a tool  I can access from anywhere and everywhere. My Evernote account.

Normally during any given commuting day, I would have my iPod Touch and if I was good, I would be listening to a podcast. If I wasn’t good the music would be on shuffle and I would just be lazy.

Now when I’m on the train, subway or bus and if an idea comes up (not just writing related), I can whip out my iPod,  open up Evernote regardless if there is a wifi connection or not,  put my idea in and be done with it until I’m ready, all under 10 seconds. Plus its faster than taking out a cumbersome pen and paper. Hey, its doesn’t hurt to get back to basics once in a while.

When I’m ready to write, I turn down the volume on the TV or completely turn it off. I then open up my Evernote account & then see the ideas, and act on one.

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  1. emlymom December 5, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    Thanks for the informative post. I am going to check out Leo’s book. I carry around a small notebook in my purse that I jot down whatever I want to remember. My problem is I rarely go back and look and the gems I have recorded. Perhaps I need to schedule a daily writing time, and the first thing I do is take out my notebook and see what I left for myself. Good luck with your writing!

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