First step, accepting the problem.
Second, recognizing its many forms!
1.) Facebook: Why do I keep refreshing the home page? Why do I care to browse through a million photo albums of people I barely even talk to?
2.) The NY Times, Huffington Post, and the New Yorker are lovely, lovely havens where I can get back in touch with the real world. However, I need to limit my interaction with said real world to the mornings.
3.) Blogs: Now these are my favorite temptations because they are almost always providing me with entertainment, knowledge, or both. I do need to set limits on how long I swim in the blogosphere, though. I could seriously peruse blogs all day!
4.) My own word documents
Here's a succinct sequence of events:
- Open Word document
- Scroll all the way through just to admire how many pages I've written
- Oh crap, it's already been half an hour?
- Proceed to blank page and dilly dally with sentences
- Go on author websites and scan through horrific Amazon reviews
- Erase the sentences...did I really think that trash was writing?
- Plot out things on paper...a=maybe a new template will help
- Cut the crap and allow the words to flow
- During coffee/chocolate break, revisit my old friend Doubt: You will never finish this. You have far too many books in your head. You have such a long way to go.
- Give Doubt a swift kick in the you-know-what and sit back down
I hope that by reading this post, you don't feel like you were wasting your time (because that would just be too ironic.) Instead, I hope that you are compelled to recognize your own distractors and get back to work!
How do you defeat distractors??