Further to yesterday’s post about writing…
The other day I downloaded an app called Healthier. I’ve had it running on my desktop computer at home, and I think it’s pretty cool so far.
Basically, it runs quietly in the background and forces me to take a break and complete a desk-friendly exercise at regular intervals. Here’s the one I just completed:
After I was done I had a few minutes left, so I spent the rest of the time marching around my house, focusing on my posture and my breathing. When the timer went off I sat down and started working again.
I’m sure there are a million other productivity apps out there, but this happens to be the one I’m trying out right now. I still need to spend a bit more time with it. If you have a good productivity app, I’d love to hear about it!
Related: This is a really good article about productivity. New research shows exactly how much down time we should be taking. (And no, we shouldn’t be using it to surf Facebook.)
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It is Deadline City around here this past week and I’ve had my head down, writing. And when I haven’t been writing I am thinking about writing, and reading other people’s writing, and dreaming about writing. Since I’ve been doing that for awhile now, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally figured out what works for me.
- My best time for writing is in the morning.
- I must be sufficiently caffeinated.
- I usually sit at my desk, on my desktop computer, although I have been known to use my Chromebook in the family room.
- I use MS-Word. The font of choice is always Cambria 16.
I also don’t like to be disturbed while I’m writing, so when the family is home I shut the office door to keep the hubbub out. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work. There’s always someone who wants to come in, interrupt, and hang out. Like this dood:
What are your writerly needs? I’d love to hear what you need to do in order to get some writing done!
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…and that it doesn’t go sideways on you. ;)
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