And The Weather Is Beautiful
There are times when living in the tropical paradise/hurricane target range that is South Florida can be quite nice, and today I’m basking in one of those times.
I’m writing this as I sit on the front porch, in very comfortable 86 degree not-too-humid weather. A soft breeze is blowing through the trees, and I have just enough shade to keep the sun out of my eyes and easily view my LCD screen. This is the perfect distraction-free environment for writing, which is my task this afternoon.
Coding and designing are things I can do with distractions; they use a part of my brain which can easily deal with ringing phones, new email alerts, or the multitude of computer screens which surround me on a daily basis, all displaying different types of information. But writing, ah, that demands a level of concentration and focus which requires complete separation from my normal collection of distractions.
It’s not surprising that I had trouble focusing on my writing whenever stuffed in a classroom. I find I actually enjoy writing when I can focus on it and nothing else. Perhaps a daily session outside is worth making time for: it will surely be healthier than staring at a CRT or LCD all day, and it may even increase the flow of information to this web site.
So, Q&A time: Where do you go to escape the distractions of work, whether for writing or any other purpose?
This item was posted byon Monday, October 4th, 2004.
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