Last week a fidgety mind was seriously messing up my productivity. It happens to me from time to time. I call it flea brain. When I have flea brain, It doesn’t seem to matter what I’m doing–writing, practicing, cataloging music–my mind darts from one place to another, not settling on one place long enough to focus or engage.
It usually happens when I’m anxious, when the tasks on my list tug on my skirt like a toddler. Pay attention to me! No, pay attention to me! I’ll be doing one thing, and realize I should be doing something else, then on the way to do that thing, get distracted by some other task and forget what I wanted to accomplish in the first place.
The thing is, I’m not anxious. Sure, I have lots to do, but my son is at camp and I have nothing but time. I know my priorities, and even the logical steps and pathway, but it’s like my planning functions and execution functions have been disconnected. My rational self says, time to write. My behavioral self says, let’s look at kitten videos. Or worse, I’ll stare at the blank screen, thinking Write something! Anything!
I’ll get a shiny new thought, but I can’t pin it down. Like mercury, it breaks into bits that scatter, liquid and elusive. I type what I can and go for a run. When I get back I look at what I have written down.
Have enough/Never enough
Book about sisters/crap, crap, crap
All I can think is, WTF? What did I mean by any of that? I have six or seven unfinished posts like this on my dashboard.
So I went to see my acupuncturist. Typically, my flea brain is caused by a slump in wood energy. Instead of moving forward, I run around in circles. This time the source is different. She tells me I have a block. My mind cannot hear what my heart has to say.
Funny, I distinctly heard, Write something! Anything!
No, you idiot, my heart says. That’s not me. That’s fear talking. Don’t you know the difference?
Apparently not. So, Heart, what do you say? I’m listening.
You don’t have to find the words. They are already here.
Well, how about that. So they are.
Words by J. B. Everett