Monday, April 21, 2008

Creativity Tips: Avoid Shiny Objects

When I take JoJo the pup outside, he's easily distracted by anything -- blowing leaves, blades of grass, bizarre sidewalk smells. And, when he's distracted, he can't take care of business.

Unfortunately, I'm a lot like JoJo. I don't sniff concrete, but I am easily distracted by what one friend called, "bright, shiny objects."

I've discovered an easy solution to this. I take my laptop and go somewhere quiet. But not too quiet. I want noise, but no music. I like a window, but not too big a window. (Ooh -- did you see that bird? Wow!)

Now, what works for me may not work for you. Experiment. Find out where and how you focus best.

It's not always easy, especially if you're working on a project that's less than captivating. But, as Robert Frost said, "The best way out is always through."

I'd write more, but JoJo needs me to show him the best way out ...


Leslie said...

Oh, yes, the shiny objects--so pretty. Unfortunately, there are lots of shiny objects online so walking away from the computer is often best for me!

Bud Simpson said...

Same here, I have the attention span of a Yorkshire Terrier on a three-day espresso jag. I've started taking along a small note pad on my daily walks. I jot down ideas and when get back to work, I know to think more about things like "starm flinder" and "glommus". Now I just need to polish up my penmanship.