Dealing with Distraction

A gorgeous house makes for a pretty house portrait!

A gorgeous house makes for a pretty house portrait!

Lake House Custom House Portrait, wedding gift idea

Lake House Custom House Portrait, wedding gift idea

The past few weeks have been somewhat stressful around here with a teething baby, long hours in front of my computer, and time spent fixing complex email issues I know very little about fixing. Having an online business has it's days of being not-so-convenient. 

I always try to balance time in front of a screen with time at my easel and the rest of life but isn't it just so hard sometimes? It seems there is always something vying for my attention. My biggest struggle in running this business from home is, honestly, the constant fight against distraction.

Seth and I have been reading through this book by Greg McKeown called Essentialism. Have you heard of it? One idea from the book that most stands out in my mind is this line:

If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.
— Greg McKeown in Esssentialism

Painting is always a clear "yes" for me. Should I paint today? Yes. Should I stop what I'm doing right now because it's frustrating and paint instead? Yes. Is painting every single day a priority? Yes.

I kept thinking about that all week and guess what? I finished three paintings this week, which is great! On top of a long laundry list of countless "to dos" that have to do with my business, I feel the most accomplished when I actually discipline myself to sit and paint. Why is it so hard to do the very thing you want to do and should do so badly anyways?