Monday, 8 October 2012

On Dealing with Distractions

A couple of years ago, I spent a summer in New York and the friend I was visiting introduced me to another awesome writer/artist/actor/performer, Miranda July.  She is quirky and unique and really interesting.  I love her sense of style and find her artistic sensibilities totally endearing.  I remember seeing her in this indie film called "You and Me and Everyone We Know" just a year before finding out she was also a writer.  Clearly, she and the movie left an impression because my friend didn't need to convince me too much to get a copy of her collection of stories. 
I think this is where I fell in love with simple book covers and seeing yellow and black together on different surfaces (read: classroom color motif.)

Reading July in Anilao, Batangas, 2009
Anyway, while reading your blogs and traversing through Twitter feeds and lurking in Facebook this evening, I came across this video by her called,  "A Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted."  I thought of sharing it with you today. Let me know what you think. 

    

In light of my recent posts on this and this, I thought it was timely that we also look at the pitfalls of distractions, procrastination and delaying tactics.  What can we do to ride these waves? Are they always bad?  Do they serve us sometimes?  Or are they like the Bad Idea Bears whispering irresponsible deeds in our ears?   As writers/bloggers, it's also part of our disease (as Mr. R calls it).  It will happen, moments where we want to write/say/create/build/share something important BUT some other thing gets in the way. Like, tweezers, according to July. And we need to be prepared to recognize it, then ride or fight it.  What do you do when you are so distracted you can't seem to get through that post? Can't clear your RSS Feeds?   Write a comment here or a post an entry if you want to really think and write about it more lengthily.  Would be awesome to know your thoughts on this. :)  



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