1. Stop checking your email… or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest. I personally use the website blocker Cold Turkey on my PC to stop me from visiting certain sites when I’m writing.
2. Put your smartphone in a different room or just turn it off. Let the magic of voicemail and text messaging work for you. Those messages will be there later. Worried about missing a call from your child’s school? Then leave the phone on, but ONLY answer if it’s the school.
3. Work on that project you’ve been putting off, whatever it is. If you’ve been thinking about a DIY project, do it. A new recipe you want to try, make it. A book you can’t seem to get around to reading, start it. That article or story or blog post you’ve been meaning to write, let the words flow.
4. Set the timer if you have to so that you don’t watch the clock.
5. The most important thing to remember: Do nothing else. Don’t get up to switch the laundry. Don’t make that one phone call or send the quick email to your child’s teacher. Don’t head into the kitchen for a snack. Don’t start a list of great movies you would like to watch.