I got about 30 minutes of writing in yesterday! Now here’s my list of distractions that I was able to successfully write through:
- Painful cold in my head and throat
- 4-year-old son sitting next to me with iPad, occasionally asking me to race for him on his car racing app to get him more coins/stars
- Charlie Brown playing on the TV in front of me
- freezing cold apt
- sweating hot apt
- listening to music on my headphones
That last one wasn’t really a distraction but a god-sent.
All of those distractions and I still managed to apply myself rather well to my work. The only reason I stopped at 30 minutes was because I desperately needed a shower after sweating in a hot bathrobe with a humidifier on in the room. I was stinky! And my husband was coming home in about 10 minutes so I really needed to get into the shower.
Go me though! Power through those distractions to excel past the minimum amount of daily writing time. Woo!
Sometimes distractions can be very distracting and they need to be dealt with before we can start to write (like having my coffee ready and next to me before I start working). Most other times though distractions are merely what we invent for ourselves in order to procrastinate. Argue all you want but if I can power through my own distractions, other people can too. Most of these things aren’t really a distraction – we just imagine they are.