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Drowning‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌Sea‌ ‌of‌ ‌Distractions‌

Like many creatives, I suffer from a terminal case of bright shiny object syndrome. I see ideas everywhere, and run after them like a puppy chasing a ball, leaving old ones by the wayside.

I’ve also developed the terrible habit of stopping (too) often to check email, social media notifications, or reply to text messages. 

Adding to the mix is the endless noise of technology interruptions. The stream of notifications from eight devices beep, ding, and chime so often they’ve lost their purpose. I ignore them. 

Then I wonder why my word count is disastrously low and the task list remains unfinished.  

Allow me to sum up this predicament in our new modern shared language, a relatable meme:

Metaphorically speaking, I’ve lost control of the day. 

Taking Control Again

I’ve made my sacred project list. No more detours, however bright and shiny. I’m shutting off notifications and committing to completely focus on one thing until it’s finished. 

I’m also thinking of having this quote discretely tattooed somewhere I’ll see it often:

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”

Alexander Graham Bell

Focus. That’s my word for 2022. 

This issue offers multiple solutions and suggestions for helping you regain control of your day. As you navigate your plan for a new year, I’d like to ask that you share your ideas with me. We’re starting a project to leverage the “wisdom in the room” from our readers. Drop me an email and let me know your thoughts. 

To Your Success, 



  • Chelle Honiker

    As publisher of Indie Author Magazine, Chelle brings over two decades of executive operations and leadership experience. She's a grounded digital nomad currently hunkered down near her adult daughters in Texas, but can't wait until the world opens back up and she can take her empty nest back on the road. It's said she could run a small country with just the contents of her ever-present backpack. She'd rather not put it to the test.

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