Active Rain - Today's Best Calmative

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Marte Cliff Copywriting

This morning has been one of those times when my nerves feel like they're shredded. Tiger the cat

I'm trying to get some copy written for a client, and there's been one interruption after another.

First, the cat.

I have a big fat cat who would eat sixteen cans of cat food every day if I'd let him. Days like today I'm tempted to let him, just to get him to leave me alone. I could just open every can in the house and say "have at it."

I don't know why, but for the past few days he's been deciding he needs more about a half hour after every feeding. Mind you, there's always a full bowl of dry food, but that's not what he wants.

When he wants canned food he start stalking me, clawing at the side of my chair (or at my leg). Telling him to "shoo" works for about 15 seconds, then he's back. And of course, my concentration is gone. When I persist with chasing him away from my chair, he jumps on the side desk and starts knocking things on the floor.

Today I picked him up and threw him outside. That worked for a few minutes, then he started clawing at the screen. So... I fed him again.

Then there's the dogs. They keep thinking they see something out in the meadow. Maybe they do - their eyes are keener than mine. But meanwhile, they bark like mad every time they spot whatever it is (or isn't.)

Then my husband decided to bring me a load of wood. I had to stop to help unload it. An hour later he decided to come in for lunch. He doesn't deliberately interrupt me when he comes for lunch, but he walks around the kitchen in his boots. It's like having someone beating a drum over my head.

Some people can write with music playing, some can write in a crowded coffee house, some can write on a bus. I need uninterrupted quiet. And after all those interruptions, I'm so wound up that it takes a while to settle down and be able to focus again.

So what to do? Stop everything and go read Active Rain. It's entertaining, it gets me thinking about other things, and it helps me calm down. Sometimes it even gives me ideas for future ezines or blog posts.

Best of all, I don't feel like I've been forced to waste time, because I almost always learn something when I read Active Rain.

 

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Rainmaker
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Be glad you're not stuck in an office pulling an 8-5, and have the luxury of these types of "interruptions" . . .

Mar 18, 2011 09:44 AM #1
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Marte Cliff
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Carla - I am glad. I do treasure these critters (even the husband) but it sure gets me wild when I need to get copy out and can't think straight!

When I owned a real estate office and was there every day, those interruptions drove me nuts some days as well. In addition to the real estate related people and things, there were "friends" who thought they might as well stop to visit because I was just sitting at a desk and "not doing anything."

I think maybe some of them just wanted a cup of coffee, use of the facilities, and a place to sit a bit. But they always had to interrupt everyone in the room.

Mar 18, 2011 09:52 AM #2
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Marte....I write best with the tv on in the background.....I can actually write anywhere.....noisy or not...and that's one very large cat!!!

Mar 18, 2011 10:15 AM #3
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Marge Draper
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto - Menlo Park, CA
REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA

Marte,  I do have to tell you the cat has you trained  --  very well ;).  Other than that, I'm usually pretty good.  I do split my time between home and the office.  But I can get distracted.  It's the annoying staccato sounds that get me  --  when people put their iPhones on speaker in the office, conversations in the copier room that are too loud, fingernail clippers, people eating loud food like apples, nuts, hard candies.

Mar 18, 2011 10:32 AM #4
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Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Ha, I'm laughing Marte, because as I type my dog is licking my hand to be petted!!  Gotta love our furry friends!! :)  I think your cat could take on some dogs and WIN!! He is a big guy!

Mar 21, 2011 11:31 AM #5
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Hmmm... wonder why I didn't get notice that Barbara and Marge had commented?

Barbara - I envy you that kind of concentration skills. And yes, Tiger is a big guy - heavy when I have to lift him off the keyboard so I can get to work.

Marge - Yes, he does have me trained. The other day I was swearing that I was going to lock him in the garage so I could work. Luckily, he quit being such a pest after a couple of days. I am sure with you about the noises. I cannot handle listening to people eat... and used to work with someone who not only ate at her desk, but talked on the phone at the same time. If I had been her client - I wouldn't have been her client.

Sonja - Yep, I wouldn't want to be a small dog if Tiger decided to get tough. When he gets too bored he picks on my 3 - the smallest a Blue Heeler. He hides behind a chair and waits until they come by so he can pounce on them. Our big dog - a Newfoundland cross - doesn't bother me often, but when he does, he's very insistent. Several times I've had to finish typing a sentence or two with one hand while holding him around the head with my other arm. When he nudges, he nudges!

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