Whether you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month or not, chances are, if you’re a writer, you suffer from procrastination and having the attention span of a squirrel on crack.
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When your writing time is limited, it’s important that you make the most of it! Here’s a collection of my favorite 5 tools to increase NaNoWriMo productivity.
- Moosti. This website is a timer based on the Pomodoro method–you know that thing where you work in 25 minute bursts, with a brief break. You can dial the time up or down, according to your personal preference. I tend to need a little longer than 25 minutes to really get going.
- StayFocusd. This one is a browser extension that allows you to nuke the internet. This one’s fantastic for those of us who compulsively surf the web when we hit a snag or just because it became IMPERATIVE that we find out what’s going on on Twitter or see what our friends had for lunch on Facebook. There’s a safe list for sites you need to access regardless. I have all my favorite ambient noise channels listed there. Now unless you install this on ALL your browsers, you can still get around the restriction, but this works for most people, I think.
- Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator. If you don’t want to nuke the ENTIRE internet, this one is good for locking down most of Facebook. You can still leave your own statuses and still access chat (handy if you’ve got word sprints going with buddies there), but you won’t lose hours to Buzzfeed posts or LOL Cat pics.
- Momentum. I actually just installed this this morning. It makes each new tab you open a pretty zen picture and reminds you of your daily goal. Good for giving you that extra bump to focus.
- Write or Die. This is not something I use on any regular basis. The lack of formatting bugs me (even though really that’s something that may slow me down, which is the point of it not having it). I actually have Write or Die 2, the desktop edition (paid version–worth the $20 if this kind of thing works for you), which has a lot more bells and whistles (I prefer being able to reward myself with puppies rather than punish myself with spiders or other creepies). You can still access the old, free web-based version here, though it is definitely not near as feature rich.