It’s hard to believe four months have passed since a tiny pipe, under the guest bathroom sink, burst and flooded our house. I’m happy to report the last of the repairs have been completed and we now have our house back. As a person who thrives on routine and order in her life, it was the longest four months ever.
Our life revolved around estimates, hardwood and carpet samples, contractors, piles of debris and dust that even found it’s way onto the tops of our canned goods, behind the pantry door. To make matters worse, my three designated writing areas in the house were out of commission.
I write best in a decluttered workspace, but during these repairs our house was nothing but clutter. For an extended period of time, every item, including our furniture was either in our garage or upstairs.
When I sat down to write, my eyes constantly strayed to the mess surrounding me. I was stressed by the mess and struggled to put words on the page.
One day I realized, this mess was going to be a part of our life for a while, so I had to suck it up and deal with the distractions or break my commitment. There will always be distractions in life that I can use as an excuse not to write. A good writer isn’t necessarily one who writes with the most skill, but one who is able to be consistent with the writing, despite the distractions.
I’ve upheld my commitment made on January 1st to write at least 500 words a day in the face of chaos and destruction. Having done so, I feel prepared to handle any other distractions that cross my path. I got my writing spaces back and I plan to take full advantage of my clutter free surroundings.
How do you deal with distractions?