Social media is a wonderful thing. It enables us to interact with our readers, advertise our work, as well as keep in touch with family and friends. But have you ever felt that it is taking over?
You jump on and don’t get off. It can change all the plans you had for your day. That book you are writing isn’t getting written. At least that has been my experience, so I decided to do something about it.
Setting limits to get the balance right
For me there were two options. To spend my mornings writing or my afternoons writing. This wasn’t a difficult choice because I knew that if I turned the internet on first thing in the morning, I would invariably get caught up, and never get around to my afternoon’s writing.
This is what I came up with.
Resist the urge to connect to the internet and spend the morning writing.
Depending on other commitments, blog writing, postings and maintenance of the site, in the early afternoon.
Emails, Twitter and other social media between 3-4pm.
Have you found that your writing time has shrunk?