Online Procrastination, Networking, or Self-Sabotage?
I’ve come to believe that, in the case of writers, we may be subconsciously using social media as an excuse for not paying attention to our writing. We call it making a ‘platform’ and ‘networking’ with other writers. We drown ourselves in ‘research’ before even getting our first draft laid out. Some of us may be sabotaging our very efforts by assigning time to the promotion instead of the task.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
What is the first thing you do when you turn on your computer? Do you check Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.? Or do you open up your current writing projects and get in as much time as you can? Which is your priority?
Do you limit the time involved with social media to a specific time period or limit? I feel that checking all your various accounts can be limited to thirty minutes twice a day…and that is if you are promoting a book as well. If you have to break up the different sites to different days, so be it. You can always answer any questions with “I’ve been working”. Fellow authors and those who support you will understand this statement.
Do you pick up your phone every time it goes ‘ding’ to see who is sending you a message? Do you realize how much time over the course of a day that process takes? This is my downfall. I sit here typing while my phone is just inches away and tuned into Facebook. It interrupts my thinking and I know that.
Do you find that going back and forth between your Work In Progress and social media affects your concentration and performance? Can you focus amidst the distraction?
So, if you are like me, what should we do about it?
1) Make your Work in Progress a priority. Make it the first thing you address and then the social media and promotion later.
2) Assign days and time periods on your calendar for self-promotion. Make up and schedule ahead posts to be published on specific days.
3) Answer direct messages before checking your Facebook timeline.
4) Keep your social media time to ½ hour a day or twice a day depending on your schedule.
5) Take your writing seriously. If you worked in an office, you would get two breaks and a lunch hour for personal time. The rest of the time you work on your projects. (Fill in kids, laundry, school, etc in that office time)
6) Make sure you believe you are a writer and deserve to go after the dream.
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