So, I’ve read in many places that a good idea if you want to achieve a goal is to write that goal down, whether on a scrap piece of paper, on the edge of buisness card, or on the blackboard, but write it down in place that you can see it everyday. I like this idea, but to expound on that, I’ve also heard that it might be even better to have some kind of mission statement to better explains what your goals are. Do any of you do this?
I’ve been giving a lot of thoughts to my “long range” plan lately. When I was in the Air Force, I was a scheduler, maintenance scheduler, and I got used to having plans, both long range and short range. (Basically, I was responsible for tracking and scheduling maintenance on all weapons, aircraft, and engines.) But what makes me laugh is that even when I have these plans at work (day job), I have not applied this to my “home/professional” life.
I’m really good at excuses. I am pretty good at procrastinating. (It’s a little funny when I use laundry as avoidance for my work in progress – even if we ALWAYS have laundry!) In fact, here’s a list of my favorite things to do when I should be doing something else:
1. Social Media (Yes, Facebook and Twitter are my first two, especially since I have them on my phone now and can see them anywhere!)
2. Reading (I count this because even though I could justify it and say it’s good for an author to read, I still read more than I probably should right now.)
3. TV – It doesn’t happen as often as it used to, but sure I’ll kick back with an episode of Dr. Quinn when I’m folding laundry. Who doesn’t? *smiles*
4. Household chores – The funny one because I’m not a real fan of any kind of cleaning, but sometimes I will gladly dust than get back to my revisions.
5. Daydreaming – I think looking out the window or daydreaming should be counted as time towards writing – SQUIREL! – but being honest I would admit not ALL my daydreaming time is focused on my writing.
What about you? Are you easily distracted? What are your distractions?