Ok, I have to be honest. I started writing this blog a few days ago and then… poof I got distracted! I mean, who gets distracted for a few days.
Does this sound familiar? Ugh, there is nothing I hate more than getting distracted from something that is important to me. Luckily, I was able to stay on top of my writing and so am further ahead on that subject. But, distraction is literally a common place in everyone’s life. It’s how we overcome distraction that separates the doers from the do-not-ters, or whatever they are called.
So I’ve compiled a list of the 5 biggest distractions for writers and how to stop from getting distracted. Not that you need another reason to get distracted. So, if you haven’t written today, STOP, turn off the Internet and get back to writing.
Okay, I am definitely guilty of checking my Facebook while writing. It’s so incredibly easy to click on the open tab, yep I have a tab already opened with Facebook on it, and just check what’s going on in the world. I’ve been traveling for the last 9 years so Facebook is one of the few ways to stay connected to my family. Not only that, for some of us, it’s a means to get information, to connect professionally, or to just connect with others.
How to help: Well, when I write I turn off the Internet, or go somewhere that I don’t have access to the Internet. My phone has separate Internet connection than my house, so I can still get updates on information I may need, but it isn’t as tempting as having the tab open while I am working. You can also try website to keep you on track. Check out my post on some of my favorites coming soon!
Oh, Pinterest how do I love thee. Pinterest is one of my absolute favorite places to gather information as a writer. There is so much information on character development, plot thickening, and writing tidbits. I could spend an entire day lying in bed, pinning the day away. Pinterest is a place to develop OCD, because trust me, you will go on just researching castles in Scotland and end up learning how to retile you bathroom.
How to help: The best advice I can give you is to set a time up when you go on to Pinteret. I do all my pinning before I got to bed. It’s something that doesn’t require a lot of thought, so if I am watching TV with my husband I can just pin my heart out.
Recently I’ve been on this Romantic comedy fix. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Netflix and chill”. Now, I have 4 kids, I don’t usually spend a lot of time watching anything other than Dora the Explorer and The Chipmunks, so I give myself the excuse of watching something at the end of the day because, well, I deserve a little me time.
How to help: Honestly, I don’t watch TV at all during the day. If it is on, one of the kids is watching something and I am not too distracted by that. There are times when I have the afternoon off and all I want to do is watch a movie or something, I always make sure I’ve written for a little bit before I settle in. It’s better to get the writing done before you settle down because the truth is, once I’ve settled in, there is no going back.
4. Time management
Between managing a house, managing a business, and writing, life can get in the way of a lot of things. If you forgot to pick up chicken at the store and your eldest has a report due the next time, there are a lot of “life” distractions.
How to help: Get a calendar! Managing your life will help you manage your writing. I cannot stress this enough. If you’ve got the meal planning down, your work out routine on point, your life in line than you know when the most productive time is for your writing.
So, your boss needs you to come in early? Have you been working late for the last 3 days? Haven’t had a weekend off this month? I have heard it all. Work is very important, I know you need to pay the bills and everyone likes to eat. Trust me, I need my coffee. Work is the one place that is pretty hard to make room in.
How to help: Okay, so this one is tough. If you feel like you’ve been working morning to night, trying to find the time to write can be tough. Try writing during your lunch break, get a tape recorder and record your ideas down, set a timer and take a five minutes break to jot down your thoughts.
Don’t give up! Keep writing, but more importantly, keep writing a priority. No one has a voice like yours.