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

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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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Kai Wilson-Viola writes under various names, and in all genres. Co-founder and webmistress of the IAG site, she writes content on request of members.
She has written several books including the Ten Hour Marketing Plan and 12x12 - tutorials for social media.
When not writing, she can be found maintaining sites, designing themes, managing a charity called the Less than Three foundation, gaming, knitting or reading.

0 thoughts on “What was I saying again?

  1. I am luckier than most in that I have several computers but these days I imagine more and more will have at least two, one being a tablet. My tablet sits beside my armchair. I use it to read e-mails and RSS feeds. I pick it up during breaks and after meals and while watching TV (about the only time I can multitask). I can check all these on my laptop but I’ve got into the habit (and, remember, habits take time to cultivate and often feel unnatural at first) of changing physical location to do certain tasks. I also have an office with a PC in it. I have certain things I only do in that room. The rest I do sitting on the couch using this laptop. If I was having a real problem I could remove e-mail and news feeds from my laptop but I’m actually quite good as not allowing myself to be distracted but I do recommend this approach. If you only have the one machine then the only answer is to turn off the applications you’re not using; that’s harder but do-able.

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