Unlike during the summer, these are store bought.
January is always the toughest month for me. The holidays are over. Where I live, in the Northern part of the U.S., the sun vanishes far too often. This January and part of February has been particularly difficult. Three close family members had big health issues, two with broken bones and one taking radiation treatments. (Each is doing okay and going to be all right, in time.)
What I've noticed is that I'm even more distracted than usual. And less effective than usual. Gone is much of my focus. So, I sat down for a very few moments and tried to remember what worked in my life to recreate creative focus, even in a snowstorm of "this has to be addressed NOW" emergency distractions.
One, lists work for me. Even if I don't refer back to the list, keeping one keeps me on track.
Two, deadlines work for me. Deadlines for contests, etc. are better, but even self-imposed deadlines keep me going.
Three, forgiving myself works for me. Life intervenes and guilt about what's not accomplished is an energy suck.
Dear readers, do you have suggestions for what works for you when the distraction monster gobbles focus?
Next post, a bit of lying.