Those Pesky Flies – Distractions
We all have them, whether they are living, mandatory, optional or fun. How do you work around your distractions? Do you separate time out or do you let the distractions come as they may? Are you one of the lucky ones that can shut it all out and write for as long as you’d like?

There are many and various distractions that keep me from writing.  First and foremost is, of course, my paying job.  I can’t really spend the entire day writing.  I’m work for a living.  Outside of work, there are other things.  I love to knit and crochet.  I enjoy drawing and I’d like to keep a journal.

The thing I’ve found that has worked for me is this: look at what I want to get done and what I need to get done… then two can fit together.  Early on, I decided that my commute was the best time to do some crafting.  The drive to and from work, the time I spend waiting in the evening for the rest of the carpoolers to arrive… It gives me two hours every day to work on my craft projects – time that would normally be spent doing nothing.

I have come to realize that I can write about 500 words in fifteen minutes.  So, my work breaks are enough time for me to write 1000 words.  If I write during lunch, I can get in another 500 words.  I set my word goal at 1000 words and… wow, look: it’s already done and I haven’t even gotten home from work!

Of course, all of that goes out the window on weekends.  There are the other distractions.  Family and friends… you can’t do very much about them.  They don’t like being ignored.  I’ve got these people demanding chunks of my time.  I treat them like I would “work”.  I set my crafting and writing aside and focus my attention on them.  However, my family is great in that, I can look at them and say, “We’ve been here for four hours and I have to get some writing done.  I love you, good-bye.”  Fun events: craft fairs, festivals, etc.  I do the same thing.  I say, “I’m going to go and have fun.”  However, I bring my Dana with me and write when I get a chance.  I bring my yarn with me and craft when I get a chance.

The only distraction I have in my life that really tends to interfere in things is… my cats.  I love them, but those furbabies don’t listen to reason.  If they’ve decided they want my attention, they will stop at nothing to get it.  You know what I do: I give it to them.  If figure… I have this wonderful furry child in my home for twenty years, if we’re lucky.  I’m going to treasure every moment I have with them.  I’ve found that it usually works to my benefit to give them what they want anyway.  They steal twenty minutes and then… they lie down and go to sleep and I can write for hours.  To me, it’s worth twenty minutes of my time.

So, distractions are always going to be there.  We have to accept that.  By budgeting my time, I can deal with those distractions and still get my writing done.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Pam
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 04:11:50

    My furbaby is pretty good at being a distraction too. Only problem is, when he lies down to go to sleep he wants to do it on my laptop keyboard! 😉


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