Distractions, when you’re trying to accomplish anything, are a problem. But distractions are a part of life.
For me, it’s a challenge to balance creative time, free from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, and living life! Family, friends, pets, exercise, cooking, gardening, etc. are important to me, and inspiration for my writing and art. I embrace life with all its complexities and contradictions and don’t want to miss it while still pursuing my creative endeavors.
So what to do?
– Scheduling creative time, and letting family members know, unless it’s an emergency, you’re not to be interrupted – works for some people.
– Limiting social media time (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) by using a timer can help control that distraction.
– Recording your favorite television shows, then speed through the commercials when you watch them later saves a few minutes. And I’ve found after a show is recorded, I think about if I really want to spend that 45 minutes or more watching it. Often, I just delete the show and pick up a book.
– Use Caller-ID. Unless you must talk to the person or fear it’s an emergency, don’t pick up the phone. If it’s important, the caller will leave a message.
– The weeds, dust bunnies, and dog hair will be there tomorrow. When a deadline presses close, let the garden and cleaning wait a day or two. Notice I did not say forever here, a few days won’t matter – a few weeks will!
– Eat convenience foods or carry out. Again, this isn’t a long-term solution, but if you’re pushing to the end of a project, pizza one night and Chinese carry-out the next night is fine.
Remember, distractions are a part of life. Don’t complain about them – deal with them!
For a funny, tongue-in-cheek look at distractions, check out this post from Writer Unboxed. Enjoy!