4 Tips I Find Helpful to Stay Focused

Hello! How has your week been? Mine has been pretty good, we are still trying to get back into the school routine after Christmas break.
As you can tell, today I am going to be talking about some tips I find helpful to staying focused. I'm not sure how long this is gonna be so let's dive in!

Tip #1: Put on some music.
I think I've talked about this before but I really love soundtracks. They are just awesome!!! I love listening to music when I write, when I do my school and almost anything else I am doing on the computer. What is even better is when I pare my music with this, https://ambient-mixer.com/. It is something called ambient soundscapes and all it really is is sounds. That's right, sounds. You can click on one of the thumbnails and it plays storm sounds or medieval market sounds. It's really cool and you should go check it out. If you find music or sounds like the above link distracting while you work, you could just do white noise but I find that annoying. The point is, music or white noise blocks other sounds that are going on around you. (note: It works better when you are using headphones.)

Tip #2: Turn off your wifi.
Now I know this won't work for everyone but if you are working on a program that doesn't use internet (Like Scrivener) then you can turn off your wifi and not be distracted with Pinterest or anything else that consumes your time and distracts you from doing what you are supposed to be doing.

Tip #3: Do a Word/Focus sprint
Word sprints are amazing ways to crank out hundreds of words in a set amount of time. If you are not familiar with the concept of word sprints it is basically a set amount of time (I prefer 20-30 minutes but I've seen some sprints that can last up to an hour), and in that time, you write as much as you can. When the timer goes off, you stop and take a break and then go again (if you want to that is.) These are really flexible, you can do them by yourself or you can do it with a friend even over the internet. Also, you don't have to write, that is called a Focus Sprint. On the Young Writer's Workshop, I do focus sprints almost all the time whether to finish my school or to work on a character sketch.
You can also use the My Write Club website to word sprint with other people. (It's also completely free!)

Tip #4: Take a break.
I don't know all the science behind this but I do know that when I take a short break from what I'm doing and do something else like walking outside or drawing or really anything that relaxing, I am able to go back to what I was doing before and it's a little easier to get it done.

So there are my four tips, I hope you found at least a shred of something helpful.
What do you do to help you stay focused? I'd love to hear what you have to say so don't hesitate to leave a comment.

Next week, I am going to do a book review of Fawkes by Nadine Brandis!!! (You don't want to miss it, It's gonna be good. Lots of fangirl screams. XD)


  1. Thank you for the help Naomi.
    These are great tips, you are a great coach.
    You are making an impact.
    Keep up the great work!


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