Distractions. Nowadays, it seems like we have more than we’ve ever had before.
Before, we had the telephone and the television. And that was it.
If nobody called and nothing was on TV, you got shit done. So much easier to have a creative mindset back then.
Note that I wrote this article mainly for fellow artists. But the same applies to anyone trying to get anything done. Are you overwhelmed by distractions? If so, I hope I can help!
We got smart phones replacing the old telephones. I grew up well before text messaging. Kids would actually come over unannounced and we’d go play outside.
Then, we got social media. You know as an artist, you got things you want to accomplish. You go to check Facebook for ten minutes. Suddenly ten minutes becomes two hours and there goes your evening where you were supposed to get your art done.
What to do about distractions
It all comes down to discipline. I’d advise turning your phone off for at least an hour a day. In that hour, no social media either. Just straight up work.
Even an hour a day every day adds up. Double it and it’s even better. That’s when you get real results.
Yes I know you got a day job. When you get home, you’re tired.
Well, stretch and loosen up for ten or fifteen minutes and maybe even do 20 minutes of cardio, then get to work.
The artists who make it aren’t necessarily the most talented. They’re the most persistent. I’ve always argued that persistence trumps talent anyways.
So the best way to deal with distractions is simple. Schedule me time. Block it off. Shut off everything and in that hour or two, get to work.
Now if you’re one of those people who never get distracted, what’s your secret? I’d love to hear from you!