Inspiration Corner: When Distraction Overwhelms You


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When Distraction Overwhelms You,

Your Creative Process and Productivity Can Suffer

by Joanne Troppello


There were several things this weekend that occupied my mind and stressed me out. I thought I’d given everything over to God in prayer about it and that I’d have a productive workday today.


That did not happen. Instead, procrastination took over.


I had spent time with the Lord in prayer and did my devotional time when I woke up. Yet, throughout the day, distracting thoughts (about those three issues from the weekend) kept swirling around in my mind—making it extremely difficult to concentrate on my writing projects today.


Several Choices to Make


I had several choices to make. I knew I had to do something to jump off this runaway train that was headed toward the village of despair and unproductivity.


  • I could continue wallowing in self-pity.

  • I could stop working all together.

  • I could change my mindset.


The workday was headed nowhere fast, so I had to make a decision. I stopped working (or whatever I was doing at my laptop – which seemed like zoning out) for a bit, and then tried to regroup.


“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” – Roy T. Bennett

That’s exactly what I needed to do today. I had to change my mindset. There were three issues on my mind dealing with family etc that I couldn’t change or do anything about – in that moment. The only thing I could do was to pray.


The ironic thing is that during my prayer time this morning, God revealed that to me. I then told my husband this same thing when he called me during his lunch break. However, even though I knew what I had to do – pray – I’d allowed the circumstances to totally derail the rest of that morning and afternoon.


Thankfully, I finally shook myself out of the self-pity party and got to work on my writing projects. I’ll have to catch up on work tonight after dinner, but at least my mindset is back on the right track.


Have you ever had a day where something threw you off track and it was difficult to regain your mindset so you could focus on accomplishing what needed to be done that day? How did you reset your perspective?

About the Author


Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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