I’m a writer who has constantly struggled with procrastination and distraction. I tend to go off on tangents, and lose many hours on those journeys. My routine is to keep a hand-written “Tangents Log.” Whenever I feel the urge to diverge from my current work, I write the tangent down instead of following it immediately. At the end of the day, or the week, I review the list. Some of the items are really silly, and I’m glad I never spent the time. But the big bonus is that a lot of those tangents turn out to be very useful–they’re ideas I can work into my current project, or even better, future ideas that I can use (and sell!) later. The result? My tangents have been triaged–the useless ones are gone, the productive ones are identified, and my daily productivity is saved.
I thought that this was just wonderful advice and I will be taking it to heart for more effective productivity, writing, and–of course–communication.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone.