Some things cannot be avoided: the customer call that comes in when you are mid-sentence, the child that needs help getting the toilet seat lid up when you are in the middle of an interview, the deadline that must be made on the same night as the Lost finale.
But for the most part, these distractions are avoidable. How many times have you tried to start writing before the kids went to bed or with the tv on? Or what about that wonderful email list you are on with the chatty women? But when a deadline is looming - do you really need that email? Can't you catch up later?
Now don't get me wrong... this ain't no preachin' goin' on. I'm the worst of the worst, the queen o' distraction, the scatterbrain. Although I prefer "multi-tasker". And to be fair, I can multi-task like a sunovagun. So here's what I'm doing this week - and I challenge you to do the same:
- When you sit down to write, turn off your email program. (I KNOW, honey, but you'll be OK!)
- Turn the TV off one hour before bed time and write for that hour instead.
- Spend one evening goofing off.. no writing. Yes, you heard me correctly. No Writing. Deal with the laundry, the wrapping of presents, the good shows on tv.