Which is all well and good except that one of the primary tools of my distraction is also my computer.
I’ll just check my mail. Oh man, I need to respond to that. Now where was that link I wanted to share with her? Head to browser, find the link. Remember the thing I was going to post on Facebook. Get lost in a group discussion there. Remember the email that prompted all this. Download email again…
We all do it. And we are told it takes discipline to not do it.
I write myself a note that says NO COMPUTER BEFORE 9AM. I close the laptop and tape that to the top.
Except I’m waiting for an email from someone. Or I’ll set the timer for just 5 minutes. Or….
Today that stopped. Today I went back to the method that has worked for me for years.
And that is to stop reacting to what’s not working (which is what discipline is all about), and instead create conditions for success.
Upon waking, I packed up my books and journals and pens, left my phone at home (this bears repeating in bold: left my phone at home), and went to Crave – the locally owned café that is the coffee equivalent of Cheers in my neighborhood. I settled into “my” booth in the corner.
And for 2 hours, I wrote and explored and had ideas and read. Which is what this sabbatical is supposed to be about.
With that as the start to my day, that is what I want to be doing now. I am not called to Facebook, because I am so jazzed about what jazzed me at 7am in my corner at Crave. I want to continue doing that.
If we want to stop snacking on cookies, we can wag fingers and chastise ourselves, making rules and breaking them. Or we can just not buy cookies. The same goes for so many other things we think we need discipline for.
This morning kicked my sabbatical into high gear. A ritual of secluded focused time + high test coffee = my conditions for success.
I’m good to go.
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