When I first started writing, I never pre-plan how I would write my stories. That writing style worked because it allowed the creative juice to flow. Although I still prefer to be spontaneous, I incorporate some form of outline to help guide the story alone. Also, I try to follow a process that help with removing distractions so I can work hassle free.
Clutter is a sign of dysfunction for some people, and I am one of those people. Wherever I find myself writing, it has to be clean because I would focus on the work instead of the clutter.
Writers must allot time to write, and it should be periods of interruptions. Working early in the morning, between 4 am and 10 am, has worked for me. Sometimes I would work late at night because at those times, the house was quiet, and everyone in the family was sleeping.
Distractions can lead to unproductive. When trying to make a writing deadline, writers should avoid places where they are distractions. So going to a library or neighborhood cafe can help.
I have two machines I use to write. One is my MacBook Pro laptop, and the other is my Mac Mini in my office. I alternate between machines based on the time of day and where I am.
Just like a mechanic needs his tools to do his job, writers need theirs, and in this case, the most important one is reliable writing software. It could be a desktop or online application. In my case, I use a combination of Google Docs, MS Word, and Scrivener. My favorite is Scrivener because I can write to a specific scene and arrange them the way I want without copying and pasting down the page.
I find have a cup of tea, coffee, a bottle of water, or a beverage of your choice, can help when writing. Since I am from Jamaica, I prefer drinking tea because it helps when I need the creative juice to flow.
This might sound strange, but whenever I am writing, I always play classic soft rock. I often find myself not paying attention to the music and just writing, and I always have success. So listen to whatever music you like, if it is not distracting you from your goal.
What you hate, you may grow to love.