by Hoogie Espinosa . February 2nd, 2015
Did you ever notice that you tend to do more work early in the morning at home when the family’s still asleep? Or you tend to race toward business goals when the electricity or internet provider is down? There are just a lot less distractions.
The thing with this alone time is that it doesn’t work in tiny bursts. You can’t expect the same amount of work to be done in 4 15 minute sprints as it would in one hour. It takes time and momentum to get into the right zone. Taking tiny breaks in between would mean you’d need to start your engine all over again.
Let’s say you work in a shared office space and most everyone has lunch at 11 AM to 12. By eating some other time, you can spend that hour in quiet, hasting towards that next acquisition. Of course, it’s nice to eat with others from time to time. It keeps you sane and networked.
Go all the way. This is an excellent thing to take to extremes. Become the hermit that stereotypical depressed novelists aspire to be and get your work done. Close all the unneeded windows, turn off your phone, pack up enough snacks and water. You’ll be zooming through work in no time.