Sometimes I really have a hard time getting done all I wish to accomplish.
Have you been there? You know those days… and weeks… and months… when you’re throwing yourself against a cliff of projects and nothing seems to get you over the top?
Distractions are a big part of the problem, as are not having good systems in place.
I have realized lately that I spend too much time answering questions on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and this blog… and not enough time getting done the writing that just barely pays for my little piece of the planet.
Another problem I’ve had is that I no longer have a quiet place to get away and get things done. I love having children’s voices in the house but our new house has no solid walls or quiet corners at all. It doesn’t even have glass in the windows, so when the children are watching Thomas the Train or playing a particularly violent session of “Romans vs. Christians” outside my office… well… it’s hard to write.
This week I think I’ve found a solution.
I took that picture on Tuesday afternoon at a little beach bar with WiFi that’s only a few miles down the road from our cocoa farm. This week we finally got a vehicle so I can go where I please. After four months of being without wheels, it’s a huge improvement!
At the beach bar it’s quiet in the afternoon except for the rolling surf and the far-off sound of native children playing in the gentle waves. I can get a cup of coffee and a sandwich and write to my heart’s content with no distractions except for pretty waitresses asking if I want more coffee. Or a cocktail.
I am tempted to go swimming instead of writing but the cast on my arm restrains that inclination for now.
A few hours at the shore with my laptop can really get things going. Rachel thinks I should just make this my office… and I think she has a point.
I’ve got books to finish!