Daily Archives: March 20, 2014

Concentrate, Concentrate…

Hugh Jackman and Elmo…wait, what was I supposed to be doing?  When I saw this one, I literally laughed out loud.  I’m so easily distracted, and I was supposed to be doing something else…not watching random Sesame Street videos on YouTube, for sure.  The “concentrate” video mostly put me back on task.  At work, we’re in cubicles, and some days even the quiet noise of typing and people walking by in the halls is enough to throw me out of my groove.

I have to just plug in my headphones and listen to music with no lyrics in order to focus.  Bach, Mozart, Handel, Chopin, Wagner and, recently, Sigur Ros all help me stay on task.  Words in English aren’t good on those days.  I tend to make up stories around the lyrics, and that is not at all productive while I’m at work.  Do you listen to music while you work?  What helps you focus?  Seriously, I need all the help I can get.

Let’s not even talk about the internet, which I use quite often for work, because that is one huge distraction waiting for the right moment to pounce.  Blog posts, industry articles, TED Talk videos, the Vlogbrothers, Mental Floss…I’m not even talking about social media here.  Wikipedia can be a giant rabbit hole too…I want to know all the things…

The state of my work place also impacts my ability to focus on the task at hand.  Currently the messiness of my work space is driving me batty.  However, that is one that I’m valiantly fighting until I get to a place in my never-ending list of things-that-must-get-done-today.  Then it will get organized and cleaned…and probably stay that way all of five minutes.

So, obviously, I’m needing some help here.  What do you use to stay focused?  Any advice?

‘Til next time,



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Students Asked Their Favorite Authors to Visit. Only one Responded

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A Redditor wrote:

“Eight years ago, students at my high school wrote to their favorite authors asking them to visit. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one who responded, writing this beautiful and humorous letter.”

Students Asked Their Favorite Authors to Visit. Kurt Vonnegut was the Only one who Responded

 “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut 

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The Day the Saucers Came, Neil Gaiman

This is one of my favorites! I heard him read it before I ever got a hold of it in print.

Books, j'adore

The Day the Saucers Came
That Day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and
stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed, to find out what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn’t notice because

That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because

On the saucer day, which was zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
A ship built of dead-men’s nails, a serpent, a wolf,
All bigger than the mind could hold,
and the cameraman could

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