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Whether it is a home office or a kitchen table you probably have a few places you enjoy writing in. Today I’m going to tell you how to protect that space from the chaos of either yourself or other people.

My own writing space is currently in the middle of a studio apartment that I share with my husband. We have a whole 30m2 to share. The good news for us is that we are moving to a house soon. In that house, I’ll have my own private office space to clack away in. In the meantime, I’m surrounded by a mess of my own making, an invasion of moving boxes if you will. 

In the past, I have made sure to keep any visual clutter out of my line of sight when writing. I’m the primary housekeeper as I work from my home and tend to clean as I wander around the apartment. So I have to keep the areas I look at clear of clutter so I don’t get distracted with cleaning. Now that my line of sight is filled with a lot of visual clutter I’m still at my desk writing, trying to ignore it all, but struggling to focus on the task at hand. 

Every ounce of my being wants to finish packing the glassware I laid out on the table yesterday. The thing is I know that I can’t sacrifice my writing to the packing boxes. They are going to be there for the next few writing sessions whether or not I actually write in them. 

The stuff on the table is only the first three kitchen cupboards. I have four more and an entire flat to go. This will not be a quick process so I have to maintain my writing sessions.

So how do you protect your writing time from other priorities? 

Rewards and Deadlines

Rewards

I’ve decided that I’m going to reward myself for staying at my desk. Not having to do the packing is a reward in itself. That’s a big job that takes a lot of emotional energy at the moment. 

Having a legitimate reason to ignore a pressing chore is rare for me. I’ve also decided to give myself a facemask during my lunch break and to let myself pack some boxes later if the task becomes too pressing.

Deadlines

This article has to go up. 

My articles need to go up three times a week. 

If I don’t write now I don’t have time in my schedule to catch up. I have forty-ish days until moving day and if I don’t store up enough articles before that day I’m not going to be able to keep up with my yearly writing goals. 

Basically, dealing with the momentary mess will ruin my income, my priorities and my publishing schedule. In other words, it’s not worth it for me to give up on writing. 

Other Distractions

My husband is also home sick from work today, and while he isn’t a massive distraction, he does occasionally come over to ask a question or pick up the phone.

We got our booster shot yesterday and we are both feeling a little bit rough. So I’m dealing with him lying in bed (in my eye line) and feeling a little bit sick. I’m still at my desk writing. 

Now I’m not advocating for pushing through illness to write. 

If I felt really rough I would ditch the articles and take care of myself, but missing my writing session would feel worse than the sickness currently feels so it’s all about balance. 

My top priority is my writing and I’m keeping it that way. I have a lot of excuses I could make to stop myself from getting my work done. I simply haven’t made giving up worth my while.

Writing is what I am here to do, so no matter my frustrations or distractions my writing session will always be priority.

Protecting your writing space isn’t always a possibility. There will be invasions, especially if you live with others or upheaval. Put in some headphones, listen to your favourite song, focus on your goal and start typing. You’ll thank yourself for it. 

As always, I cannot wait to see you on the bookshelf.