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How Do You Focus? (Especially in Short Time Slots)

A few months back, I wrote a post on how to write with a newborn.  It was only semi-serious, and a lot sleep-deprived.  In fact, for the first three months after having a baby, I didn't get a lot of writing done.

Now that I'm making some serious progress, I do find that my strategies toward being productive have changed dramatically since becoming a mother.  For one thing, I can only write while the baby is napping.  I don't try to work on my manuscript while she is playing because 1) I'm keeping an eye on her and I don't want to get too involved with my laptop and 2) I know she'll demand my attention in a few minutes, and there's only so much distraction I can take while trying to write a scene.  This will probably change as she takes fewer naps, but at this point, it's my reality.

Therefore, I really have to make the most of my time when she does nap (and hope that her nap will be longer than 20 minutes).  In the past, it's taken me a long time to…