What writer doesn’t love the flow state? That magical zone where time loses meaning and there’s nothing but you and your writing work?
Getting into a flow state is one of the great things about being a writer. There’s nothing else quite like it. I said magical above, and I meant it.
But with all the wonderful distractions the internet puts at our fingertips… plus a looming to-do list… plus time with family and friends… plus the chores that have to get done…
Finding your flow can be elusive, to say the least.
One tool I’ve found that consistently works to help me reach my flow state faster and stay there longer is Focus at Will.
Focus at Will is a website that offers musical tracks designed by neuroscientists to increase your ability to stay focused. They’ve been refining the music they offer for seven years now, and based on their research, it’s pretty darned effective. For example, the average person can stay focused for about 20 minutes. And then you need a break.
But someone listening to Focus at Will is able to stay focused for up to 100 minutes. That’s a big jump!
The other thing I like about Focus at Will is they have music to suit a lot of different moods. And you can set the energy level, so if you like something a little more upbeat or a little more mellow, all you need to do is make a quick setting adjustment.
And if you prefer different styles of music based on the type of task you’re working on, you have a lot of options to choose from. They even have tracks specifically designed to help people with attention disorders to focus for longer stretches.
It’s pretty cool stuff.
I use Focus at Will pretty much every single day. And I think it’s fair to say, I’d be lost without it. I know this reads like an advertisement. It’s not. I don’t have an affiliate account or anything like that. It’s just a tool I really love and that’s proven effective… so I thought I’d share 🙂
New on the Site
If you do any kind of content marketing or planning, then you know keyword research plays a pretty big role in figuring out what to write about and how to frame it. There are plenty of free and paid tools online that can help you find keywords your audience may be using to search for topics like those you write about. But you also have some amazing keyword tools at your fingertips that you probably haven’t considered. John Torre shares his keyword research strategies right here.
What makes for a good Pinterest pin? Well, the answer is… no one knows 100% for sure. But there are definitely things you can do that will give your pins the biggest chance of getting seen and getting clicked. In his newest Reality Blog, Andrew Murray shares his insights into creating successful pins.
When it comes to Search Engine Optimization, there are factors you can control… and factors you can’t. It just makes sense to focus on the ones you can control. Here, Lauren Bennight reveals eight ways you can improve your on-page optimization.
Mark Your Calendar
August 20: Have you ever wondered how to generate lots of ideas around a single topic? If you write for a blog or do content marketing for your clients, the ability to come up with one idea after the next is an invaluable skill. In this webinar event, I’ll take you through my favorite strategies to keep the ideas coming. I hope I’ll “see” you there!
August 28: Michael Katz is a genius at low-stress marketing that’s all about relationships and connections. And one of his favorite tools is the humble email newsletter. In this interview event, Michael Katz has agreed to let me grill him about his top tips for writing newsletters that subscribers look forward to reading. Join us! Details will be posted soon.
Around the Web
Could you use a little more happiness in your life right now? Here’s an easy-to-follow tip for greater happiness, along with an explanation of why it works.
This is a fascinating and useful read on how to get faster results from your content marketing.
How many of these filler words are you guilty of using in your writing?
And if you want to know even more about making content marketing work for you without having to work yourself to death, you’ll enjoy this.
That’s all for now. Make it a great week.