I’ve started a new practice to help with my productivity and clarity of thought. First a little background.

Like many I’m most productive first thing in the morning. My routine is simple: wake up, meditate, coffee, write or code, and finally news & breakfast. I’ve found sometimes if I’m not inspired to write or code I’ll jump straight into news & breakfast.

To counter this I’ve begun to reverse the cycle using a specific tactic. Now if I ever decide to skip the creative part of my morning, I’ll instead begin the consumption cycle by removing sources from it. Delete a feed, unfollow a user, unsubscribe from an email list.

There’s a wonderful cumulative effect at work here. Day after day the more distractions I remove, the more space I find in my head for creativity and free thinking. The next time you feel distracted don’t look for ways to fight through it. Instead look for ways to remove the distractions from your life once and for all.