Distraction Action

I find myself, even in my free moments, distracted from the things I should do, even the things I want to do. Sometimes it’s by other things, but mostly, it’s by the internet. I like cruising the internet or maybe I’m just used to doing it, like it’s a bad habit. I’m not sure. Sometimes I wonder how I distracted myself before the internet. Either way, I am distracted now in my life and that’s what I want to talk about today.

This has been a whirlwind last few weeks, election, pandemic, etc. All the things. We can see why anyone might be distracted right now. Right?

Distraction might be because of anxiousness, boredom, sadness, depression, curiosity, burn-out, maybe even a form of self care distraction. After all, distraction isn’t always a bad thing. What if we feel anxious or upset? Sometimes distraction helps us get through it. Just like a small child who is crying about a toy being taken away might stop crying and refocus if another toy is introduced to them. We are like that too. Anxious about one thing, distracted by something else and we feel a bit better. Maybe we even forget about our anxiety.

So, what do we do with distraction? How do we stay focused and steer clear of distraction? Or use distraction to help us and not just to waste our days away when we could be using our creativity or doing something that feels more productive or fun?

You may or may not be surprised to find out that I don’t have the answer. I have ideas. If you get distracted, try to bring your mind back to what you are doing. Set short times to work on your project, take a break, then get back to it. Set times with an alarm, maybe using your phone alarm, to write or paint or work on something, then take a break and then again, set another alarm. Tell yourself that you are doing this project and set a definite time for how long you will work on it.

These are general ways to focus. But today’s writing is journaling about how you would stay focused. What is a goal you want to work on? Why? How do you focus?

Journal write the answer to these questions. Take approximately three to five minutes for each one and then move on. Just write. Don’t lift your pen. Read the question and put pen to paper. Go.

  1. What do you do with your alone time?
  2. What do you do with your time that makes you feel good?
  3. What project do you want to work on and focus on?
  4. How do you focus on that project? What works for you?

Happy writing. if you get distracted, remember, you’re not the only one. Bring yourself back to the task at hand and do your best to stay focused. If you are working on a project and get distracted, take five to fifteen minutes to just write about what you are working on and why it’s important to you. Then get back to it. Hopefully, that will help you focus in.

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Be well!



Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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