by Penny Wilson
I never thought about how many distractions I let get in the way when I am having a “writing day,” until I actually paid attention. This is what my day was like a few weeks ago when I decided I was going to “buckle down and get some writing done.”
I slept until 7am. I'm anxious to get up and start my day. I'm going spend my day at the keyboard and be productive. This is what I've promised myself.
I get up and make a cup of coffee and linger while I watch a bit of the morning news.
I look at my phone and check my emails.
I had better take Rocket for a walk. If I wait much longer, it will be too hot to walk him.
The morning news distracts me and I stand, frozen, staring at the TV. I snap out of it and turn the TV off.
Rocket and I are hot and sweaty by the time we get back to the house. By now it's after 9am. I'm hungry. I haven't eaten yet so I go to the kitchen. I have some toast and finish another cup of coffee.
I need to start a load of laundry. I go to the bedroom to get the laundry basket.
Finally, I sit down at the keyboard. Coffee? No too late and too warm for coffee. I need something cold to drink. I'm back up and head for the kitchen.
Iced tea in hand, I look at the clock above my desk. It's 10:30am! Where has the morning gone?
I sit down at the desk and fire up my laptop.
So for the next, God-knows-how-long, I check my email, look at my Twitter feed, look at WordPress.
"Oops, I need to get that load of laundry into the dryer. Hmmmm, I should probably strip the bed today and change the sheets. ...sigh. Yes, I really should."
I finally open up Scrivener. I look up at the clock and it's 11:30am!
"Maybe I should think about lunch before I really get down to work here."
Where did the morning go?! I haven't typed a word yet and the entire morning is gone!
I sit down at my desk, with a bowl of soup next to me. Finally, I start to pluck away at the keyboard. Its past noon.
After a couple of hours or so of work, I look down at my meager word count and frown.
“I need to fold that load of laundry and I still need to put fresh sheets on the bed. I haven't posted anything in a couple of days; maybe I should work on a post for my blog."
On Monday, my friends will ask what I did over the weekend. "Oh, I spent my weekend at the keyboard."
Maybe I need to rethink the investment of the Time Share on that deserted island. I would have fewer distractions!
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