I’ve mentioned it before, but I don’t mind mentioning it again—I’m currently working on a book and I’m very excited about it! I’m about 95% complete and will be sending it to the publisher soon for their edits.
As I near the finish line, I find myself second-guessing the flow and structure of the book. I’m finding this new thought process to be more mentally taxing and harder to accomplish at the desk where I typically do my CPA work. When I attempt to focus on being a “writer” at my office desk, I find that my mind drifts back to my CPA to-do list. I attempt to reduce all distractions by closing all my computer programs and browsers, but I still get distracted.
I considered the possibility that perhaps I lacked discipline. But, it’s really not that I’m undisciplined. I’m very productive with my distractions! And nothing else in my life indicates that I’m lazy or undisciplined: I run a business that employs ten people and I operate a very active farm. If I’m undisciplined, I would never have accomplished the success I’ve achieved in my life.
However, I realized I need different sights, smells and sounds to help me change my focus. I’ve realized that when I’m sitting at my CPA desk, I’m a CPA. I’m not a writer. So I need to change my chair. I need to sit somewhere else—the library, a coffee shop or even a different room in my home. I’ve realized that if I’m going to do something different than what I normally do, I may need to change my chair.
I’m taking this realization into other areas of my life and I encourage you to do the same. When you work on your strategic planning for the next year, go someplace new. I used to think people were rude for taking up seating in a restaurant working on their laptop, but now I get it. They’re changing their chair and changing their focus.