J. Huffman, Editrix
 
How do you deal with distractions?  What sort of distractions can you ignore and what make your conscious ring with urgency?  
 
This is not a rhetorical question.  I have a couple of editing projects that I need to wrap up sooner rather than later and I have found myself absolutely devoid of focus. I am incredibly, edibly frustrated.  I work in a quiet space (no other people present, I don't have music on, just the window open) with little movement and relatively few toys.  For those that know me, desk toys are an absolute must-have for me.  I need color and smiley faces and goofy little things to surround myself with, if for no other reason than it brings me pleasure.  The toys are not the distraction, nor is the occasional car passing beneath the window.

This is reaching critical levels.  I'm distracted by the fact that I need to vacuum.  I'm a clean freak, I'll have you know, and random stuff on carpets make me batty - in this case it's a piece of a dead leaf that I broke off when doing plant maintenance this AM...and where there's one there are bound to be more...But the problem is not just the passing thought!  No, I am physically fighting the urge to get the vacuum out of the closet, vacuum all the things, then get back to editing.  It's like a deep restlessness that I cannot ignore and probably won't pass until I actually get up and vacuum.  I have other household projects to do that will not have this effect on me but that thing lying there on the carpet?  It's seriously driving me to the brink.  I'm going to have dreams wherein little dead leaves march up and down my spine and laugh and poke and cajole.  You just wait.

Yet here I am, tapping away at keys, alternating between formulating thoughts to blog and editing a manuscript.  But out of the corner of my eye the thing on the carpet mocks me.  When they tell you how to set up a workspace in your home they don't bother to mention these sorts of things, the little things that were you not actually working from home, you'd probably not even care one whit about.  At least until vacuuming day comes around.  

Sure, I could vacuum, but I'm in the middle of something and it seems silly to give in to dead plant matter mocking me on my carpet. 
 


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