Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Facebook Distracts Me - An IWSG Post


 

Happy April, everyone and good luck to all of you A-Zers out there! I’m elated that spring is officially here and the days are longer. I can’t wait to spend some time at the beach, stroll through some nature trails, and head off to the amusement parks.

Of course, warmer weather means less time spent writing, but that’s okay with me. I’m in no hurry to finish my books. I’ll find the time to write when my last child is at school, work, or out with friends. Right now, it’s important to spend quality time with the family before I have an empty nest. (Say it ain't so!)

It’s really about making the most of the time I have and using it properly. I found that since I chose to stay away from social media because of the negativity, it opened up free time. A lot more free time. I didn’t realize just how much time I wasted on things like Facebook and Instagram. It disrupted my writing flow. 

I've learned to "just say no" to Facebook and Instagram on my days off and it gave me an extra hour in my day to write. It may not seem like a lot to other people who are cranking out 1,000’s of words a day, but to me, that one hour may lead to another or be just enough time to get a good idea down on paper.

Does the warm weather change your schedule? Does social media side track or distract you?

Scheduling Note: I’m working today so I’ll be by to visit either this afternoon or tomorrow. Happy IWSGing!
 
I'll continue with my series After Disclosure (Compartmentalization, & It's Not Personal) next week.

This has been a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a chance to talk about our fears and doubts, or inspire others by sharing our success and happiness.  We’ve got a great bunch of people in this group and we’d love to have you join in on the fun too.  A big thank you to it's creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
 
Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to our fantastic co-hosts: Christopher D. Votey, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Fundy Blue, and Chrys Fey 

32 comments:

  1. Facebook....and even blogging (esp during A-Z)...is a HUGE time suck. I've been trying to cut back on it but it's like a siren song.

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    1. When I did the A-Z, it took up a ton of my time. I was also a co-host and that added even more time. By the end, I was burnt out on blogging. Good luck!

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  2. I found skipping the Challenge this year has given me some free time. A lot going on with the IWSG and that needs my focus.

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    1. I didn't realize you were skipping it this year, Alex. I'm sure a part of you is sad to see it go, but another part is probably so busy with the IWSG, you hardly have time to miss it.

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  3. I so want to hit an amusement park soon.

    Some days I just have to scale back or even ignore social media.

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    1. It's one of my favorite things to do during the spring and fall; visit the parks. I love roller coasters...just not the emotional kind haha

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  4. Were I a serious writer, I imagine social media would be a serious distraction. But I am more a "blogger by trade" at this point. I admire the immediacy, and not near so concerned with the legacy, I guess.

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    1. I often wonder if I can consider myself a serious writer. I don't think I can. My goals aren't set in stone like so many others are. I write because I enjoy it and because I want to help others, so I guess that makes me a writer by hobby?

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    1. I guess if I didn't mind a little sand in my laptop I could. haha

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  6. I definitely agree with you. I have cut back on FB in particular and find I'm not only more productive but I feel better too.

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    1. I agree. I feel better too. When I log on, I scan quickly and look for pictures of family and smiles and avoid almost everything else.

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  7. Blog is the only thing I keep going. The rest can pfffft away. And as said before, come night time, see ya blog, it can wait until tomorrow. I'll write away come what may.

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    1. Well, that and cranking away at about three thousand books a month. Or is the cat writing those? Exactly, at night the laptop is closed until the next day. No more marathon days for this chick.

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  8. Hi Elsie - I can understand your need to extract yourself from social media - one needs to be very disciplined I think. I love my blogging but that will lead to some publications at some stage ... cheers for now - Hilary
    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/d-is-for-ducks-dabbling-diving-domestic.html

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    1. I found that if I kept one eye on my phone, my email, and my social media, I just didn't get much writing done so what good was my writing area and quiet time doing me if I was wasting it? I'm happy to hear you'll be publishing your work one day. That's fantastic!

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  9. I barely use Facebook anymore. I actually have two accounts. One personal, one professional. I haven't logged into my personal account in ages because the drama there was too much (especially with politics). I log into my professional account when I need to and only then.

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    1. I have two accounts too. I haven't logged into my Elsie account in ages. I just don't have the time. It was politics that burned me out too. It was just too much. Now I scroll for happier things. :)

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  10. I've never been a fan of the A/Z game. So for me, it's not a time suck. But I can see how it is for those who play the game.

    Happy Spring and boogie boogie.

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    1. I like the A-Z because it's a great way to meet new people, but it's a bit of a time crunch for me. If it were spread out over a longer period, than I could handle it. Every single day on Blogger though...not so much.

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  11. LOL! Warm weather does the opposite for me--keeps me in. Because in this corner of the world it means crazy humidity, 90's, and tourists. Not that I mind that last one. Much. But still... February is the best month in Florida. Or November.

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    1. Ah, yes, the tourists. We get them here too. In droves. Then, our food gets cleared out on the weekends in some of the stores that are close to the beach. I don't look forward to that and the traffic. ;)

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  12. For social media, I'm on my blog and Goodreads, and I'm still distracted a lot of the time. I've changed up my blogging and social networking routine and that's been working better for me.

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    1. I'm signed up for Goodreads but I can't remember the last time I logged in. Probably the week I signed up. Sad, huh? I'm glad you have things well managed. :)

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  13. Would you please teach me how to say no to facebook? Argh. I'm terribly addicted and it's taking me from blogging and lots of other stuff.

    Love you, girlfriend.

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    1. I think you just have to get really mad like I did ;) Or maybe that's a sign my skin is too thin? Love you too, my friend.

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  14. I have started to hate it so I turn on My Don't Disturb ~ I only read it when I have time, and that is to greet people happy birthday and celebrate milestones ~ I hate the fake news being shared by gullible people ~ I am frankly turn off by some political and religious beliefs ~ I now regret knowing people more than I care to; maybe it was better to just be acquaintances ~ See you~

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    1. That is a great idea, Grace, using the don't disturb option. I had to mute a family member because, while we are on the same political side, she would message everyone on her friends list fake news stories. It got so bad Facebook kicked her off for spamming...so she just created a new profile. *sigh* I'm with you, I think this may have been an eyeopening experience for all of us.

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  15. Elsie, yes, yes, yes to all you wrote! And no to social media when the sun comes out, when we are writing, when we need time to reflect.

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    1. I like that, Marja: "No to social media when the sun comes out." Of course now that the summer months are approaching, that will make for a long stretch :)

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  16. Ain't that the truth, Elsie! Your blue friend said so a long time ago (click!) and I'll say it again: it's all too often a waste of time. Did I mention I'm proud of you? Well, I am. Enjoy spring! Spend some quality time with your family.

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