This is the list I brainstormed on the things I do (and can do more of) to get my writing done:
I sit down at my desk and open my laptop.
I write before I begin work in the morning.
I write after my sons go to bed at night.
I don't watch television
I don't play computer games.
(The last two are easy because I've never been a fan of either activity).
I read books as a reward for a good writing session. If I didn't do this I would be reading more than writing.
I limit the amount of time I can use the Internet to read my favorite sites and blogs. I give myself five minutes and get back to work.
This one is new: I use my voice activation program in the car while I drive. I hope this is legal! This works best with rough drafts. I can get quite a few pages of text from a single trip to Eastsound. Of course, people see me talking to myself, but this is Orcas Island and crazy is considered normal.
If I don't have my laptop, I have a notebook and a pen to write down ideas (but not when I'm driving).
I write down my dreams if they seem fruitful; I've found several plots in my dreams.
I think about stories, characters, and pacing when I take walks with my dog.
I drink coffee and tea.
I eat chocolate.
I would love to hear what others do to stay focused and working.