There is software available for writers that takes typing back to the very basics. No longer are you able to choose font, color, size, numbered points, etc. It is just you, your words in white, and a black background. It, so they say, takes your ability to procrastinate away from you.
I know many people have problems with procrastination but... really? Do you sit there for hours with your manuscript wondering what every third sentence would look like if each word were a different color? The vast majority of editors and agents only accept certain font so changing it doesn't do you much good. Maybe I am alone in never having done this.
The internet gets in the way for me, though. I can spend hours reading blogs and calling it research. There are programs out there to help me by not letting me access certain things online, if let me on at all but I never use them. Couldn't I just keep my router off until I was done?
I don't want a technological babysitter/boss making sure I keep on task. It isn't that I may not need one at times but I always find my way back to my work in time to complete whatever deadlines I have set. When you are not expected to write for someone else, all you have left is yourself.
If you find you procrastinate too much, put yourself on a schedule. If it is important enough, you'll get it done WITHOUT excessive measures to make sure.
If you haven't read Tuesday's post, please read!