The appearance of fruit flies in my home is a powerful lesson in creative productivity.
If I leave fruit uncovered on the table, let dirty dishes pile in the sink, or don't wipe up spilled orange juice on the counter, the pesky little flies are going to show up, multiply, and cause a constantly buzzing annoyance—and embarrassment when company comes over—until I do what needs to be done.
Likewise, if I ignore the details that need to be taken care of in my creative work, the pesky little problems that erode excellence start showing up and multiplying. And then I have to stop what I'm doing and solve a problem that could've been avoided altogether if I had just taken care of the tasks that needed to be taken care of.
What are the creative tasks you need to complete so that the little fruit flies don't start showing up?
Think about those tasks, then take care of them; be predicative, not reactive. Eliminate the fruit flies by avoiding them with intentional work.
Or else you'll have to start making fruit fly traps like I did.