DistractionsPosted: October 14, 2013
You know those things that tempt you away from what you’ve set out to do. Or it could be anything that is preventing you from doing what you want or need to do. They crop up when you least expect them.
There is always something out there that is pulling you away from your goals. I don’t know what it is about setting a goal for yourself that brings these things to the forefront when you’ve committed to yourself (and maybe others) that you’re going to change or do something different, but they do appear. Family obligations that have to be done just then. Sudden minor emergencies. People who insist on calling, texting, e-mailing, tweeting or whatever while you’re trying to work. Whatever it is, if it isn’t life threatening, it can wait.
Guard your creative time. These interruptions are just distractions. People don’t really mean to invade your work time, but they do it. I hate to say it’s human nature, but it is. People are competitive. When you start to do something different, unexpected, or change in any way, challenges come from those who can be closest to you. These people are used to the way things were. If the phone is the problem, turn off the ringer. Don’t check your email. Turn off the distraction, whatever it may be. If you don’t respect your work time, no one else will. And I guarantee you, if you don’t respect it you won’t get anything done.
Distractions are just that: distractions. Don’t get pulled off course from your goals. Write on.