Writing makes me hungry. Seriously. Whenever I sit down to write, I get hungry. I’m not sure if it’s some kind of procrastination tactic that kicks in, telling my mind and body that I’d rather be doing something else. Or, perhaps I just need to make myself eat before sitting down to crank out a blog post, newsletter note, or book content.

Either way, that’s the reality. Essentially, I need to focus in order to achieve my daily writing goals. And that’s why I’m loving this weekly writing date that Candice turned me on to.

But last week, I couldn’t get on the call. With breakfast at my side table, I was ready to go. I had logged in four minutes early. And then I waited . . . and waited . . . and waited. Nothing. The meeting organizer never came on. So, I got distracted. (You know how it is.)

At five minutes after the start time, I decided to log off of Facebook (Don’t judge me; you know you do it too.) and just write. After all, do I really need to be on the call to write? Of course not.

I could have used that mishap as an excuse not to write. I could have decided to check email, scroll through my Instagram feed, or go for a run. The consequence: falling behind in my writing projects. None of that other stuff would be worth the feeling of completing my writing goal.

So, I wrote. And finished what I sat down to do.

What about you? Do you let every little distraction keep you from doing what you set out to do?

Life is full of interruptions, mishaps, and distractions, some of which are disguised as opportunities. But if any of these takes you away from your goal, you have to do what’s necessary to get back on track. Unless it’s an emergency, or an opportunity that gets you closer to achieving some high goal of yours, do what you can to stay focused so you can get the results you want. Most times, it’s just not worth it. In most cases, you can deal with the other stuff later.

Think about the consequences of following the distraction versus the result of achieving your goal. Consider what you’ll lose, miss out on, or never accomplish if you allow yourself to go down the rabbit hole.

If you need help staying focused with your own writing, stay tuned for the next Virtual Writers Lab. We’re gearing up to offer another online lab to help you make progress and reach your writing goals. Get the deets and we’ll see you soon.

Anita R. Henderson is an author coach and self-publishing mentor. For the last decade, she has helped experts become authors and successfully navigate their way through the self-publishing process. As a partner with Book Your Success, her mission is to help authors understand that being successful as “author of” is bigger than the book. She shows BYS clients and students how to use their book to create new income streams and earn a return on the time and money they invest in becoming an author.

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