Now the kids are on their own--out of college and married. They are all really busy and I miss them like crazy. I want them all back, lounging in my office and chatting about their days at school, or begging to go to town for lunch, or a matinee. Even more, I long for the days when they were still playing on the floor and wearing their little footie pajamas. Where did those years go?
The sudden quiet in our house was quite an adjustment. It also provided a lesson. It wasn't really the demands of family that interfered with progress on that last hundred pages of every deadline. It was me.
Even now, alone in the house while my husband is at work, I can lose an hour when I wander deep into an Internet search for some detail, or I suddenly remember that some closet is in desperate need of cleaning (the level of need in direct correlation to how troublesome the current scene is.)
Or....I look out of my office window at the rolling countryside and want to grab my camera and enjoy the beauty of the season--whatever it is.
Distractions? Whether they’re inside or outside, the dogs want to be wherever they are not. Here is Sage, doing his best to look sad and needy while I try to type.
Lovely distractions, all. And social media? Don't get me started! When I started writing, none of it existed, and now that aspect of the writing business has taken on a life of its own. As soon as I figure out one thing, two more innovative prospects show up on the horizon--more to absorb and learn, and then to maintain. Thanks to this wonderful sweet romance group and its social media savvy members, I've come to learn and enjoy Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. It can be exciting and overwhelming to learn, and it can vacuum up every spare minute and then some. Fortunately, I discovered Mac Freedom a few years back, which shuts off access to the Internet for however many hours I need. Six to eight hours a day is just about right. :)
So when I look back, I realize that my family really wasn't the distraction that slowed my progress on page counts....it has always been me, falling for all of those aspects of life that clamor for attention.
So how about you? How do you focus and get everything done?!