Chillen Starbucks style

On this 80 degree day, what a better place to go that to sit in the AC of STARBUCKS away from all distractions [mainly of cleaning my house] to work on my writing with a good friend.


It may seem counterproductive, going out with a friend to a coffeehouse to get work done… but the change of scenery actually a bit helpful; working from home, the action takes place on my kitchen table where constant reminders of all there is to do.  My dog stays in the chair overlooking the neighborhood on the main level, where my kitchen is so I can grab some water or coffee, but its also full of distractions.  Distractions of what I should be doing, cleaning and being a good little housewife, instead of working and being productive.  I am thankful to be recognized as working towards the goal of composing a book. I am also thankful for this good friend with whom I’m at the coffeehouse; she also has concentration problems BUT the chatter of Starbucks doesn’t matter to either of us.  My friend and I met at the Fairfax Inova Traumatic Brain Injury Support group, and we both need to get out of our homes in order to work productively.  Or I do at least; having a single room at  Longwood University, you would think it would be easier to work from there, but I would find it easier to pack up all my work and haul it over to the library, avoiding the distractions from my temporary home.  My attention span has definitely strayed since having my Traumatic brain injury.

As I’m writing this, I yet again get off topic and start looking at Twitter, finding an article, 5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Achieving Your Goals

*Totally running into the article not on purpose!*

1. Procrastination

Procrastination. What more can be said? Stalling on personal success can create other challenges making it even more difficult to achieve goals. Instead of postponing your plans, plan on a daily action to get you closer to where you want to be.

2. Distraction

Getting distracted is easy and happens all the time especially when things get tough and we feel like giving up. So how do we best avoid distractions? Always remember what your priorities are and put them at the top of your list each day. Tell yourself that you will complete these certain reasonable tasks before you begin to do anything else.

This post was started on a THURSDAY, in keeping with my THANKFUL THURSDAY posts…but then I got distracted.

But I am most thankful for a good friend to keep me in check by urging me to take my laptop with me anyway, thus giving me no excuse NOT to work; COFFEE BREAKS and the power to stay motivated!  *check out the link to the article, great advice on goal making to stay productive and motivated*



About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church, child care, and working part-time at a library
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