It is election day here in the United States and the contentious presidential race is all over the media. Today, I’ve promised myself the following five distractions as a way to focus and stay positive:
- Read a book. I’ve got a novel and two non-fiction books going at the moment, so I’ve got plenty of reading to occupy my time.
- Turn off notifications. I turned off all news alerts on my phone, tablet, and computer so that I focus on whatever work is in front of me, rather than seeing yet another news story about how we won’t know the results of the election tonight.
- Limit time on social media. Personally, I’m trying to stay off of Facebook as much as possible today. I’ve probably spent 10 minutes total – once to post my daily NaNoWriMo word count and twice to check out links sent to me by friends – one for a new Diamine ink, and another for an upcoming event. If I do go onto Facebook tonight, I’ll set a timer.
- Spend time with someone you love. For me, it was a 30-minute Zoom chat with my step-grandchildren.
- Watch a foreign-language movie. I have not watched the second season of My Brilliant Friend; I plan to start that tonight. If you read subtitles, you cannot search the news on your tablet or phone at the same time. Watching a foreign-language movie or show requires you to be present; if it is a good show, it will transport you.
The results of the election will not be clear for at least a few days, if not longer, so I may need to repeat these distractions.
What are you doing to stay distracted?