I am finding that homilies are taking a lot longer to compose than they used to. And it isn't because I am about to turn 50. Well, at least not entirely. In part, it has to do with my phone. As it gets smarter I seem to get loopier.
I know, I know . . . turn the sound and vibrations off. But then I forget that I've done that and it stays off for days until someone sees me and yells at me. "Why don't you ever answer your (impolite word) phone?"
I try to leave it somewhere where I can't hear it - out in the hallway or some such thing. Then I have to have one of the other priests call me so I can remember where I left it. (Maybe I am losing my mind.)
One thing that does help is finding a place to think where there are absolutely no distractions of any kind.