On Distractions (hey! a butterfly!):
I sat down to write my Monday Musings post tonight (it’s 9pm on Sunday as I write), wrote a whole post, and then decided I didn’t want that to be my Monday Musings. So I finished that post, scheduled it, and then grabbed my iPad and pulled up Netflix. I told myself, eh. I wrote a blog post. I’ll write MM tomorrow.
And I probably would, but I prefer to schedule my posts early in the morning. When people flip through their readers or emails in the morning, I want my post to be sitting there waiting for them. If I wrote it on Monday, I would be lucky to have it posted by lunchtime. Because my Monday morning schedule is wake up at 9:00(ish), do yoga, eat breakfast, drink coffee, go to work. I try not to write blog posts at work, especially now that we’re finally busy again.
So, before I started finally watching Person of Interest season 4, I locked my iPad and picked my laptop back up. I was going to write this post.
I tend to keep about 8-9 tabs open on my Chrome browser. So when I refresh all the pages again, I see 4 Facebook notifications. Gotta go respond to those! And, oh look! Twitter notifications! What kind of spammy people followed me now? Oh! They’re not bots! Gotta follow back and go read some of their tweets. Oh, a DM! NO I won’t buy the book you’re spamming me with. Should I unfollow you? Oh, you RT’d my tweet! I’ll keep you around for a little longer.
This continues for about twenty minutes before I finally force myself to close those tabs and focus on WordPress. Okay, new post open.
Oh, Brad’s playing Battlefront again. (I’m not a Star Wars fan [don’t kill me] but I sure do enjoy that game!) I give my best attempt at trying to help him (more like one of those annoying backseat drivers) and then he offers me the controller. Well, I can’t say no now. So I play a game, and then tell him I need to write this darn blog post.
I sit back down, grab my coffee, and ugh. It’s cold. I can drink iced coffee if that’s how I made it. But hot coffee turned cold? Yuck. Obviously, I need to fix this problem. So I get up and brew another full cup on top of the old stuff. Get it all fixed up with sugar and cream, and then plop back on the couch to write my blog post.
But now the dog is sitting by the patio door. She must need to go outside. So I grab my thick jacket (because winter finally decided to show up), put on my super cozy slippers, and go stand outside while she sniffs forever before finally deciding to do her business. We come back in, and as soon as I sit down again, I realize I, too, need to use the bathroom.
Finish that, sit down again. Start typing words. Drink coffee. My phone buzzes. Oh, look. It finally pushed all my emails through. My phone only seems to push emails every few hours now. Get through all those, but naturally, now I have my phone in my hand. So I check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Brad has just turned off the Playstation. He’s going to bed. Obviously, I need to go tell him goodnight. And like any couple who lives together, we…end up watching puppy videos for half an hour. (That’s seriously what happened.) He goes to bed, I take a shower, then come back out to my computer and find a funny Buzzfeed article.
Then I remember that HELL’S KITCHEN started up again! It’s playing in the background as I finally type these words right now.
This is my long-winded version of saying that distractions are so hard for me to fight through sometimes. It’s why I don’t succeed with my writing just yet. I need to really learn how to focus a hundred percent on writing for a little while, no distractions.
Not being able to focus is why I lost NaNoWriMo. And it’s all a personal issue. It’s something I cannot blame on other people.
I’ve got so many writing goals to achieve this year. I’ll do an update on where I’m at on those at the end of the month. But let’s just say that the items on the list that relied on me to be productive, I’m not on my way to completing them.
2016 needs to be a year of productivity. Not another year of doing nothing to better myself.
My goal for this week is to fight the distractions and get the next two chapters written for Where I Belong. I’ll let you know if I (WHEN I) make it happen.