Monday, August 6, 2012
I removed my glasses and rubbed my eyes. Daily tasks called for my attention, and my mind re-focused.
Hours later, I sat in the parking lot at work. I went through my ritual of putting away my driving glasses and saw the case to my reading glasses gaping at me. How had I missed the clues before leaving home? My heart sank. No reading glasses equal an inability to perform my job. I called my boss and retraced my steps.
They were right where I left them: on top of my Bible. Somehow I'd broken with my habit of returning them to their rightful place.
Distraction is my enemy in the early morning hours. I'm accustomed to operating on auto-pilot for repetitive tasks, while my mind is occupied with important issues like world peace. If I miss a step in the regular sequence, I'm sunk. The whole routine can turn into a nightmare of forgotten glasses, inside out socks, and lunches sitting on the counter.
My writing life functions in much the same way. Turning on the lamp, firing up the computer, and gathering my papers are familiar procedures. Alas, a stray note or a telephone call can sidetrack me and knock out my best intentions.
While auto-pilot works great on optimum days, a little extra attention doesn't hurt.
Writers: How do you keep your writing time from slipping away unnoticed?
Readers: Do you have automatic routines? How do you keep them from spinning out of control?
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