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Thursday, January 2, 2020


Woman in White T-shirt Holding Smartphone in Front of Laptop

You likely have heard this advice before. You may have even followed it for some time. You may have even read the book:从来不检查电子邮件早上。But, if you’re anything like me, you tried avoiding email in the morning, and it worked for a while before you slipped back into your old habits.

We tell ourselves all kinds of stories for why we have to check email in the morning. Here are a few things I tell myself:

  • It’s efficient to check and delete emails from my phone while drinking my morning coffee.
  • 它知道什么是未来的日子是很重要的。
  • 可能有急事,我需要作出回应。
  • I can quickly scan my emails and then move on to other tasks.

Despite what I may tell myself, I am not that important. Nothing will happen if I don’t check my email all morning. And, although it may seem efficient to scan my email in the morning, it is not.

I recently read this great book by Cal Newport called深工作。在这本书中,他描述的研究,揭示这是很难的焦点检查电子邮件或社交媒体之后。他解释说,你做的任何活动会影响你的焦点在你从事的下一个活动的水平,因此,即使你花五分钟的扫描通过Twitter的电子邮件或滚动,这种体验会留下残留物。在“注意力残留”从电子邮件或社交媒体是不利于你的专注于下一个任务的能力。电子邮件和社交媒体特别不利,需要重点的高层次,如写作活动。


I am Department Chair this year and I have to respond to lots of emails in that and other administrative capacities. During the Fall semester, I was able to handle those responsibilities while also getting my writing done in September and October. In November, however, I added three out-of-town trips to my already packed schedule and my writing fell by the wayside. Looking back, one of the main reasons I got so little writing done in November is that I began my days responding to emails. Once I opened my emails, it was difficult to achieve the focus I needed to make progress on my writing.

当我蒙头斗篷dn’t focus on my writing, I turned to social media, which was a further distraction from my writing.

Thus, in the coming Spring semester, I am going to avoid email and all social media until I complete my writing tasks for the day. Then, I will limit both activities to specific times of the day.

我的计划是在早上6点醒来,写一小时,把我的女儿上学,去跑跑步bepaly安卓客户端,吃早餐,然后坐下来我第二次写入会话。一旦我的第二次会议结束后,我会检查我的电子邮件。然后,我将结束我的电子邮件,并在一天结束时再次进行检查。下午5点,我将退出我的电子邮件和关闭程序,直到第二天。在深工作,Cal Newport also recommends having an official end to the workday to allow the mind time to reset and refocus.


It should not be difficult for me to keep this routine during the month of January, as my semester does not officially start until January 14th and classes don’t begin until January 21st. Thus, no one expects a quick response from me during this time. My hope is that I will be emboldened and inspired by my writing productivity during the month of January and that I will thus keep this up for the rest of the semester.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

How to Get in the Writing Zone



However, it is also true that there are a few strategies that I practice that enhance my clarity and make it easier to get in the writing zone. In this blog post, I will share a few of these strategies with you. I also will challenge you to try these strategies for two weeks to see if you are able to develop a writing habit.

Are you struggling with writing consistently? If so, try and implement these strategies, adjusted for the particularities of your schedule:

  • Make a writing plan for the week. Decide exactly what writing projects you will work on this week. For example: Finalize article and submit to journal. Finish literature review for Chapter Three.
  • Break your writing plan down by days, and make specific tasks for tomorrow. For example: Monday: Refine methodology section and add sample details from proposal. Tuesday: Add references on neoliberalism to literature review.
  • 在今晚8点,关闭所有电子设备:手机,笔记本电脑,平板电脑,电视等。
  • 找到一个新的,在床上阅读。
  • Sleep by 9pm.
  • Wake up at 5am or 6am.
  • bepaly安卓客户端写30分钟,当你第一次醒来,查看电子邮件或社交媒体帐户之前。



在these strategies, you will find that I suggest getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep. Nearly everyone needs this amount of睡觉为了功能在其最高心理承受能力和有重点的能力。

I also suggest reading novels, as any writer should read to perfect our craft.

如果你觉得这些策略是可行的你,我鼓励你尝试实现它们两个星期,看看daily writing- 和检查你的电子邮件之前以书面方式 - 可以成为习惯,为你。