Focus! Focus! Focus!
“Let’s be sarcastic here”
Don’t you just love that tool bar you have on the bottom of your PC, or the email icon you have on your toolbar which pops up your emails when it auto sends and receives when you are trying to focus? Don’t you just love it when you have websites open and they flash when there is activity! What about those popups you get from Windows alerting you to download the latest software patch or update? More importantly without the sarcasm, don’t you just hate it when you are writing, trying to focus and you get distracted by ‘ANY’ activity on your computer!
We all have limited time to create, so it is best to have a distraction free environment to allow you to create your own material in peace and harmony. Now I’m not talking about a total lock down, but I am talking about utilizing important software to help you write that all important post.
With less distraction you can:
1. Write faster
2. Think clearer and faster
3. Produce better content
Ultimately you can save time and this is important! Why? It’s all you have, so make the most of it
There has been some talk of focus and focus writers in my Bloggers Roadmap Facebook Group, so today I am going to introduce 5 for you to take for a test drive. Rather than using some of the more popular or current text editors such MS Word, Open Office, Mac Pages etc, let’s take a look at some focus writers which are not so popular but truly amazing to use.
Take a look at some focus writers which you can use to write like a pro below:
Zen Writer (free)
Zen Writer allows you an open and peaceful place for organizing your thoughts. Zen Writer has customizable music and backgrounds which produce a calming effect. You can even add a typewriter sound effect to your keystrokes and it even saves your work automatically. I have taken a look at this and it seems very professional. It has also been recommended to me by some of the guys in my Facebook group. [recommend]
Focus Writer (free)
Focus Writer is a simple, distraction-free writing environment, which has a hide away interface which you can use by moving the mouse to the edge of the screen. The hidden menu allows for total focus. [recommended]
Write Monkey (free)
Write Monkey is a great writing application with a stripped down user interface. Write Monkey allows you to focus and get your writing done quickly and also has a wide array of tool to use. This program gets some very good testimonials.
Q10 is another great focus writer that gets a lot of attention on the web. It is another free application which also like Focus Writer and Write Monkey has a lot of features. It has a slightly different interface to Write Monkey, so it really does depend on what screen look you prefer. I quite like the Green on black look.
OMM Writer (free or a donation for extra features)
OMM Writer is a new platform which I have recently started using on the Mac. It as some cool features such as soothing music when you are writing, also a choice of back grounds to help you focus. It also has a hidden side bar menu similar to focus writer. This could quite possibly take over my from my new writer! [recommended]
iA Writer (currently $4.99)
This is the current writer that I use and I must say I love it. It has a great mode called focus mode where it greys out the whole screen and only shows you what you are writing in black! Check out the screen shot. It’s perfect for writing with a Mac. [recommended]
If I was to choose between all of the writers above, I would probably go with iA writer for the Mac and Focus Writer for Microsoft. Although all the writers reviewed ate good, these two were y favorite of the bunch.
Well there you have it, pure focus when writing. If you haven’t tried any focus writers then definitely give them a try and let me know what you think. All of the above are free or a very cheap investment. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
If you have tried focus writers or are currently using one let me know how you feel about it in the comments below. We could all use a little extra focus don’t you agree?
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