I’m writing this from a busy coffee shop. The sunrise is startlingly beautiful, the coffee is strong, the music is groovy. Two police officers sit at a table within my sight and I’m trying my very hardest not to observe them too closely (nobody needs me getting tased today). To my right, a man is reading through the newspaper, underlining about every article (is he an editor? a newspaper man? WHY IS HE DOING THAT?). My phone pings with a new text message, the number of unanswered emails grows and grows and grows.
Now they’re grinding the coffee beans. It’s loud. It smells great.
Oh. Fantastic. My stomach just reminded me that I forgot to eat breakfast.
No matter where I turn my eyes, there is a distraction tempting me to stop my work and go into observation mode.
BUT I HAVE WORK TO DO! Deadlines and responsibilities. I have tasks to do for the school and a novel to finish editing.
So, what’s the solution?
Force all the distractions to stop? That’s not going to happen. Lock myself up in a room with no internet or windows? Yeah, I’d still doodle or daydream or take a nap (I mean…I don’t get to enjoy complete quiet all that often, you know?).
If I wait for the perfect, distraction free environment before I start to work I’ll be waiting forever.
What I need to do is just buckle down, put on my big girl shoes, and learn to work amid the distraction.
Oh, and close the Facebook tab. Nobody needs me to “like” their status that urgently.
Tell me, what are some of your strategies to shut out distraction? Are you someone who can work in a chaotic environment? What’s you’re biggest distraction?