I am moving this post back to the top (it was originally posted last year), because I find that being distracted is a time-grabber and it seems to be one that are causing all of us to fall behind on our blogs. It will take all of your extra energy and just pull it away. If you saw my challenge earlier this week, reading this post is a must…
If you are wondering how to write without being distracted – first let me run a scenario past you and see if it sounds familiar:
You hop online to write a post. You open up your blog… while it is loading, you jump onto Facebook. Three messages? You try to write back and you end up spending 30 minutes on Facebook.
Seeing your friends on Facebook reminds you that you need to e-mail someone back. You just do a quick jump-over to your email and find that you have ten messages waiting for you. You respond to those and then remember that you forgot to schedule your updates last night on Twitter, so you want to get that in really quickly.
Before you know it- you have spent over an hour online and you haven’t even written a post!
This was me. I was getting distracted easily and I really didn’t have the time to get distracted. I was only spending a couple of hours a day on my blog, so I really needed to use my time wisely. I found a solution that has been working WONDERFULLY!
I take my computer with me when I go anywhere. I have it in the car. When I have a few minutes, I write in my “notes” section (you could do microsoft note or wherever you can keep notes). The key to this is to be OFFLINE. When I need to use a link, I just bold those words to remind myself later.
I have found this to be a ‘life-saver’, so to say. It has saved me from spending too much time online or from feeling stressed about the time that comes along with blogging. I have about 15 posts ready to go for my Your Modern Family blog. (We took a trip to Disney and I wrote on the way there and on the way home- 18 hours in the car, roundtrip.)
It has really been the best thing that I’ve been able to do lately, because I can write while I am waiting for preschool to let out (waiting in the parking lot) or while I am just at home, watching TV with my husband. The distractions are gone, because I am not on the internet. I can write when the mood strikes me and not feel torn away or pulled in different directions from the ‘online world’. It is just me, my thoughts and my words.
TRY IT & let me know if it works for you.
PS- Remember this tip if you ever write an E-book!