Midlife. It’s my season in life. It’s a frustrating time of brain farts and lack of focus.
Truthfully, I’ve always been unfocused but I was always able to work with it, at least it’s what I tell myself. I’d overwork during periods of high energy and then crash. It’s how I tackle anything in life. I’m all in or I’m barely hanging on being dragged along by fate.
When it comes to my writing routine, this unfocused mind is frustrating. But, I find comfort in an article written by Lindy Mailen for Writerology. In it, she shares her struggles with maintaining her writing routine as she ages.
Midlife – Writing With An Unfocused, Distracted Mind
She shares how it’s often necessary to change up our routines, even if they’ve ALWAYS worked for us in the past.Struggling to focus? Things you were always able to do, not so easy anymore? A change in routine may be the answer #midlife #writingClick To Tweet
You might relate to some Midlife changes she’s experiencing:
- I have more time, less energy and focus (YES)
- My short-term memory is starting to slip (YES)
- My eyes, ears, and hands don’t work quite as well they used to (YES)
- My health needs more attention on a daily basis (YES)
- I have less patience and a shorter attention span (YES x 10)
With all the physical, mental and emotional changes going on, we tend to become more resistant to change. It’s very important that you monitor any existing routine for things that just aren’t working anymore.
It’s time to change.
My body is getting older and I guess I’ll have to admit my brain is too.
It doesn’t mean I have to stop what I’m doing, I just need to alter it a bit. I need to work on this unfocused, distracted mind. And, I need to give myself grace in the process.
How about you? Is your midlife brain causing you problems in your writing? in your life?