Aug 25 2012

What was I saying again?


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Distraction, and procrastination are the bane of any writer.  And with social media being the de rigueur lately, it’s easy to find that you’re not only distracted but behind after a few days.  Or your focus is fine, but you’ve got so much to do – which is especially true if you’re pulling the last of your promotions together for a book release.
I’m not easily distracted – instead, I have a different problem – I get caught up in doing *stuff* and I can’t say no.  Either way, the biggest question I get asked, if i remove all of the writing ones is ‘how do I stop myself from becoming distracted?’

The good

Distraction is actually a good thing.  It lets your brain think about stuff while you’re not *actually* thinking about it.  And as odd as that sounds, we need that.  Sometimes.  occasionally.  We’ve learned not to become bored, and think – how can we, if there’s plenty to do around us.

distractions and arguments

distractions and arguments (Photo credit: Will Lion)

The bad

Distraction and procrastination can also get in the way of our work – in those cases, it’s not so good – and we’ve got to keep a reign on that, because before you know it, it’s 2am and you’re still answering moderation messages *WEG*.  So, if you find you’re spending too much time doing stuff that you shouldn’t, then by all means, evaluate.  And re-evaluate.  I’ve got a plugin that keeps me off Facebook, which is probably one of the best things for me – not because i have no control, but because I have to spend all day answering *stuff*.  It’s just how I am.

The ugly

The problem with distraction and procrastination is they’re hard habits to break.  If you’re struggling, you might want to….SQUIRREL 😉

In all seriousness, you’ve got to look at what you’re doing and why you’re avoiding it.  If there’s a reason for it, look at the whys and what you’re doing and then work on stopping it.  As easy as it is to say, it will be hard.  If you’ve gotten into the habit of not working, setting reasonable goals is the best way forward.  And if you struggle with that, perhaps a support group might help.

I’ve found setting goals of 750words a day lets me write, and still lets me fulfil other duties.

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