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Slow to Flow

Keep Paddling

Tranquil moments and making things flow with a nice hot cup of joe.

By Susan Rov

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When I write, I need everything to be quiet. No pings, no emails, nada—my surroundings have to be as peaceful as the calm sea.

Easier said than done. Am I right?

Throughout the day, a raging storm of notifications often sabotages my flow. To find my deep focus, I decided to work in the early morning hours.

I brewed my first coffee before sunrise and concentrated on the most crucial tasks. This way, I got a headstart. By the time the world woke up, I had ticked off everything important.

It was going great until...

I got a client from the Eastern time zone.

Their notifications hijacked my peaceful morning routine. It was all gone in a flash. I struggled to stay on task and jumped from one thing to the next.

What did I do, you ask?

Reshuffled my schedule and found a new way to keep things afloat.

I realized that the late afternoons also offered a tranquil moment at the beach. I used them for writing and embraced the mornings for doing other things that made me happy.

Susan Rov

About Susan Rov

Susan traded cocktails and lattes for words that move. As a copywriter on a mission to end boring, she brightens brands and makes an impact. Number 463 on the list of fiction readers left standing, you'll find Susan at sunrise—running, writing, and wondering how to change the world next. That drive led her to become a founding team member of BRIL.LA.