Yesterday and today, I did not pick up my phone until I was ready to leave for work. That’s important for me because I’m up around 3:00 am, first to write my Morning Pages, then to read (currently The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport). Then I get about 60-75 minutes of writing time. With no distractions, I managed to finally finish the edits to a chapter of my current WIP (note: I started the edits to that chapter last week!).
The temptation to check something anything, on my phone is there, but so far I’ve been able to resist the temptation and keep writing, keep in the zone. And during the bus ride this morning to work, I finished reading Ryan Holiday’s Courage is Calling. I’ve gone back to using StayFocusd, a Chrome extension, to block internet access from midnight to 5:30 am, when I start to get ready for work. I use the Freedom app on my phone to block news sites and other apps until 9:00 pm (when I’m already in bed).
In two short days of beginning to work more deeply, I feel the momentum building.
Can I keep it going?
Day 1 Screen Time: 1H30M
Day 2 Screen Time: 1H25M