I tried the 'timed writing' exercize -suggested by my fellow Wordslinger, Luna Lindsey (http://www.lunalindsey.com/)- last night. I used http://e.ggtimer.com/ because I was lazy and didn't want to dig around to find and program my old workout timer.
It went really well. I did an hour writing, took a break and checked email, then did another hour write. The good thing about it was it kept me focused on writing and the countdown made me less likely to get diverted by email or other things. I had a deadline, a small one, but a deadline. I could ignore the distractions by telling myself, 'only fifteen minuetes left and then I can reply to that email'. It worked. I'll try it again on Friday. Yes, I'll update my 'word count' tab*.
This tied in well with yesterday's post - and the much bigger and better post Dean Wesley Smith wrote- about goals. Small, concrete, specific goals work. Now, as with ALice, I just need to follow my own very good advice. :)
*Yes, I'm starting yet another novel. This one will be short, I'll finish it soon, promise. Then I'll get back to paying work.