Discover How to Make Distraction Work for You

10 thoughts on “Discover How to Make Distraction Work for You”

  1. Oh, Pearl! Wonderful insight. Maybe we writers are more prone to distraction than many other people. After all, I’m just writing . . . I’m not on a deadline . . . I really need to be doing something else.

    Wow! I loved this and am forwarding it to my sister, the distractable sister, not the one who is NEVER distracted because she has developed a notecard system that tells her, every single day, what she needs to accomplish. Wonder of wonders! She always follows those cards.

    Her first assignment every day is to wrap herself inside a warm devotional time, including much prayer, and visit with the Lord.

    It works for her. In an effort to follow her good example, I made a set of cards for myself several years ago. But I lost them.

    1. Oh Debbie! 😂 I laughed when I got to, “I lost them.” I would, too. Or else they’d sit in their box untouched because I forgot about them.

      Thank goodness we can create our own systems. (Except that it requires, well, making our own systems!) Glad to know I’m not alone. And thrilled you’re sharing with a sister.

      I kinda love how Jerry Jenkins says he schedules time to procrastinate!

  2. I LOVED that session with Don Perini. I find myself distracted so often as well. I light a candle on my kitchen table to remind myself that I’m supposed to be writing or editing (and not trolling Twitter!).

    But I absolutely adore saying this OUT LOUD: “Thank you, your very presence confirms my work is good, true, and beautiful.”

    The demon whispering discouragement and distraction to you can’t read your mind.

    1. Janyre, what a beautiful idea to light a candle! Love the symbolism. I’ll have to try it.

      I haven’t joined Twitter yet, but I imagine I’ll light a few candles when I do!

      Yes ma’am, no mind-reading! 🙂 Glad for that. Somehow that reminds me of the quote from Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton, “I don’t need easy. I just need possible.”

  3. You might want to set up some “Share” buttons on your website so we can tweet or share your posts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. You know, spread the good word!

    1. Thank you so much for pointing that out, Diane! I appreciate you. Met with someone this week actually about making some website changes. Social share stuff is going on the list!

  4. I’m writing my manifesto as a copywriter. Then I’m spending 1 hour rewriting my novel. If I do said tasks, I get the reward of eating half a chocolate tart while reading a novel in the park.

    Great post. I love the concept of how resistance alerts us to the importance of our work. What we resist is what we need to go toward. It’s a guidance system in a screwy way.

    Yeah, the minute I sit down to write, I need to scope out the contents of the refrigerator. Hmm.

    It helps me to set a time boundary. One hour to rewrite. Or fifteen minutes to crank out a first draft. If the time boundary is less than comfortable, all the better; it forces me to knuckle down and write. I also turn off my mail and my cell phone so I can focus.

    1. Diane, I just love you to pieces! Writing makes me hungry, too. Chocolate tarts sound delicious. How did your goals go? I love your tips! Timers help me, too, but it never occurred to me to turn off my phone (I use the timer ON my phone). Going to try that. Appreciate that you pointed out narrow time windows are actually helpful.

  5. This post is filled with so many nuggets. I am like you. I think we are writing twins. I have lots of distractions too and sometimes get sidetracked on online tests when I am trying to accomplish something with my writing. I loved the quote from the conference that you shared. I am now saying thank you to my distractions to. By the way, I tweeted this. I didn’t know your twitter handle. https://twitter.com/Maryandering/status/921806330519867393

    1. Sweet Mary, thank you! Glad to know I’m not alone. True story: I almost signed up for Twitter the other day but got distracted…😂 (So when I make the jump, I’ll let you know my handle.) In all seriousness, thank you for tweeting it! Appreciate you dropping by.😊

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