As I sit here, I am watching Team Umi Zumi with my toddler. He, along with a few of my other little ones, is sick. Although he is pretty much just chilling on the couch, I have resolved myself to stare aimlessly at my computer. My biggest distractions include:
#1 Facebook: Curse you! I don’t have a million friends, a ton of groups, or any reason to be on there at all, but here I am. I refresh my feed, thinking I’ll see something interesting to watch.
#2 Youtube: This is new for me. I have pretty much stayed away from social media until recently. I created a playlist of music on Youtube to listen to while I write. Unfortunately, I end up watching the music videos instead of actually working.
#Texting: I will literally text someone (you know who you are) randomly. I start the text with, “I’m just procrastinating”. Wow…
#Housework: Sometimes I just walk around the house thinking how much cleaning I need to do. I don’t actually clean, *teehee*, I just use that mentality of “I’ll start writing once I finish the kitchen.”
#Marketing: This is a new one for me. I ADORE writing. But have just learned that I am my biggest advocate. I need to be selling my product (thats me!). So I sometimes postpone the act of writing for Facebook marketing, blogging, sending information to publishers and book review sites. Basically procrastinating from the actual act of writing.
The key for me is to set up a time where I write. For me, a mommy with lots of little kids, that is during nap time. During NaNoWriMo, I wrote religiously from 11:15-1 and with INTENSITY! But, having just completed a novel, I sit and stare at my computer aimlessly. I am lucky to complete 800 words a day. During NaNoWriMo, I was doing at least 2,500 words a day. I mean, that was NINE days ago. Time for me to turn off the distractions, get back into the game, and get to work.
Yes, even your passions need a little nudge every now and then!