I am easily distracted by things on my computer: email, blogging, IM etc. (More tips on how to concentrate on writing here). Several people have recommended using a back-to-basics fullscreen word processor as one of their tools for writing. Here are a few alternatives:
- Mac: WriteRoom
- Windows: Dark Room
- Microsoft Word: Amit Agarwal has some tips to make Word run like WriteRoom
I'm going to try writing an article with one of these and I'll report back on how effective it was.