Here’s a great example, from Routine:
When I kicked this project off, I had time to write late in the day, but it quickly became evident (by two days in row of bad work) that late-day creative energy was too rare for me to rely on. So, instead I started writing in the morning, after my hard reading was complete.
This seemed like it would work well, until I noticed (as in my wife told me) that I was a bit of a jerk to my family throughout the rest of the day. Writing and finalizing the posts first-thing was the only common thread in two days of bad behavior, and I think maintaining my focus while my family vied for it was too great a strain. I chose poorly in letting the writing win-out.
I’ve had this exact experience, and it’s not something I’ve yet found a way to overcome. Having a train of thought derailed is extremely frustrating, and unfortunately my only solution has been not writing (at least here). That’s not the answer, but being a jerk to the people around me isn’t either.
In the meantime, I’ll be looking forward to more of This Will Be Hard. Check it out, and if you like it as much as I do, be sure to let him know.