For years I’ve done most of my writing in my house. Often at the dining room table. But the last few months, it hasn’t been a great setup for me. I’ve sat, stared at the screen, checked FB and email, got something to eat, wandered back and stared some more. Then I’d close up the laptop and promise to come back later and actually get some writing accomplished.
If you look at the dates of my last few blog posts, you’ll see how that’s been working for me lately.
Today, I’m trying something new. I’m sitting in the lobby of a local hotel, away from the laundry and the pile of paper I really need to sort and the snacks in the cupboard. There’s just enough activity and noise to distract the part of me that hates total silence. There are big windows to let in a little light therapy.
Sometimes it takes a small reset, a slightly different way of looking at things to get you back on track. If it doesn’t work, no biggie- I didn’t do something drastic or expensive like rent a suite at the Four Seasons in Hawaii – although if you are offering, I wouldn’t turn it down. I just changed my scenery a little bit. It seems to be working but if it doesn’t or if it stops working, I can make another small adjustment without too much effort or feeling like I lost a lot by trying something new.
More importantly than the change in scenery is the small adjustment I’m making in my thinking. Lately, I’ve been using excuses of being too over-committed or getting used to my daughters’ new school/extracurricular schedules and other similar situations to justify not writing. And it’s a shame because I love to write and it’s good for me. My new thinking is that I’m no longer allowed to let excuses get in the way of the few things that are really important to me. No excuses, just making it happen. It’s exciting.
We have in our lives, literally hundreds of opportunities every day to make small changes and try something new. No pressure, no dire consequences if something goes wrong – just the potential for life to tweak in a better way. Who couldn’t use that? What new thing are you going to try today?
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