How to Deal with Distractio– Wait is that a Text?

Hey, let me tell you what I’m trying to do at this very moment: prep for my author marketing meeting, watch videos for learning how to write a TV treatment, upload all the business cards of people I met at a professional conference this weekend, write an article about a conference I attended two weeks ago, photoshop my author photos, upload guest author interviews and write this piece.

Oh, and also, upload social for three different media accounts on Twitter and Insta, and figure out how to upload a youtube video to those channels. (Five-minute break while I scroll through Twitter.)

(This is not to mention planning the babysitter, dinner, this whole week of social events.)

(This is also not to mention getting lost in the Facebook/Insta wormhole of watching people who I barely even know.) Be back in ten, yo!

(This is also not to mention my phone, which sits tantalizingly next to me like a chocolate caramel bomb.)


Look, there are plenty of people who will tell you how to minimize distractions. Some debs, even, this week, have been giving you tips.

While I will read and devour them all.  I am not going to be one of them. I have nothing new to say on the subject. I waste more time than I produce. I juggle a million things hoping one of them will get done.

And yet, somehow I managed to get it done. Write a book proposal, sell it, actually PRODUCE the book (which I’m noticing is a feat since authors do miss their deadlines). Through all my distractions. Facebook, Twitter, Insta x 3, you name it, I got it.  And I guess I get stuff done around it. Through it. Near It.

Could you imagine how I’d slay if I didn’t have any distractions at all?

Author: Amy Klein

Amy Klein is the author of "The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind," (Ballantine, 2020) based on her New York Times "Fertility Diary" column. Her writing on health, science, reproduction and essays has also appeared in Slate, Salon, The Washington Post, Aeon and more.