Look, Something Shiny!….When My Distraction Causes My Inaction

Until I get to the point where I can afford my dream office (marble desk, hot tub in the reception area, and a trampoline/ velcro room), I have the pleasure of working from home. At first I was thrilled about the luxury (woo hoo, pajamas all day!) but I soon discovered one major obstacle: distraction.

I never realized that I had such a short attention span until I tried to get through a few assignments in one sitting. A car horn can honk from 4 blocks away and BOOM – my train of thought crashes. I mulled it over and found a few key culprits at the root of this issue.

1) The Bengal

Everyone knows the Bengal is psychotic, but her behavior during the day is baffling. She is physically unable to sit still unless she’s sleeping. She chirps and sprints into the bedroom. Then howls and hides under the couch. I’ve stopped trying to understand her.

2) Pumpkin spice lattes

When I’m stuck on a sentence, my mind wanders. It usually wanders to the tantalizing, creamy wondrous magic of pumpkin spice lattes. To the giant party in Deliciousville. To the wild flavor orgy in that handsome little paper cup.  Once I have this liquid ambrosia on my mind, there’s no reprieve other than driving to Starbucks and getting my grande crack concoction.

 3) Social Notworking

I first heard this term at UCLA last year. (Thanks Freddy Nager!) How brilliant. The social networks that are supposed to help us make connections are actually causing us to slack off. My Social Notworking habits include incessant visits to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, cat blogs, and Googling ex-boyfriends.

 4) Amazing movies

I know I should be responsible and work with the TV off, but I can’t focus without background noise. It only becomes a problem when amazing classics like Ghostbusters or Mean Girls are on. Which means I can kiss the next 90 minutes of my life goodbye.

5) Cleaning

(cue impending panic attack)

If I weren’t so compulsive about cleanliness I would probably work a lot faster. Omg, there’s a dish in the sink. That book needs to be dusted. I haven’t straightened up the fridge in 3 days. Did I fold all my socks correctly? It’s impossible to concentrate unless the apartment is absolutely immaculate. In fact, right now I should probably clean and get another latte.

Editor’s note: it took me 4 days to write this post. 

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