Dealing With Distraction

I'm distracted from my writing this morning, for the following reasons: Skull-light-lightbulb-39846-l

1.  My beloved pug's health problems.

2.  The earthquake in Japan.

3.  The ensuing tsunami watch on the Oregon coast (gotta watch those one-foot storm surges).

4.  Thoughts about the show I'm going to attend tonight.

5.  Things I gotta do, like finish organizing the closet I started working on Monday.

So, what's a person to do?  How do you deal with distraction?

Here are my best tips: Create containers and use the power of your subconscious.  The two actually go hand in hand.

There are lots of ways to create containers, be it making a file for a new client, or buying a new journal to write in.  But there are more subtle ways to think of this, too.  For instance, when I have a project to work on the next day, I pull out everything that I have on it.  Files, notes, research I've done, whatever.  Or, just this morning I decided to work downstairs in the dining room so that my ailing pug doesn't follow me up the steps, which is hard on her.  So I gathered up my computer, my to-do list, and all the various spirals and legal pads I need in order to work.  I'm creating a container for my work day.

And this is very much related to utilizing your subconscious.  Seeding it with thoughts about your project is effective because it will go to work once you let it know what you're going to write about.  This morning I gathered up all my notes and spirals, set up in the dining room, and then took a shower.  All that time my subconscious was working–even on this blog post.

Dealing with distraction is also easier if you have the habit of writing regularly.  Because then your little brain is already working away on ideas for your novel and if crazy world and personal events pull you away from your writing, there's still that connection.  Its easier to get back to it when the distractions are done.

Oh, and by the way, if distraction threatens to overwhelm you, maybe you need help.  I offer writing and creativity coaching, which can be enormously helpful in getting on track.   I also offer Get Your Writing in Gear sessions, and they happen to be on special.  Its a March Madness sale, through this month, with $50 off, bringing the cost of the session to $100.  Book now!

So, tell me–how do you deal with distraction?

Photo by dakinewavamon, from Everystockphoto.



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