Does it sound familiar to you?
Of course, you love to write. That’s why you are here in this platform. The moment you sit with pen and paper (or a laptop/desktop to be precise), your mind pops with several new ideas for the next post. After all, it feels amazing to give some shape to thoughts with few words.
But that very special ‘moment’ of sitting with the blog often comes after overcoming a lot of obstacles. Obstacles? Or, should I say blogging distractions?
You can say when one really loves to write, then distractions can never come in between. Trust me, it comes. If you have a house filled with gadgets or responsibilities demand you to complete a set of regular activities, then you will understand what I am trying to explain.
Didn’t you ever face any such distractions? Am I the only odd one out here fighting against distractions almost everyday before sitting with my blog ?
If there is anyone out there like me, then there are some tips for you to stay away from blogging distractions and find out some more time for your blog :
Blogging distractions no. 1 #The idiot box :
You have certain ideas running in your mind for your next post. All you want to do is to write them down in your blog and hit the ‘Publish’ button. However, you also have a program to watch in the television. What would you choose? Certainly, your blog. But in today’s episode, they are going to reveal who killed that most innocent girl? Half-an-hour of entertainment has never harmed anyone. You watch it.
Half-an-hour passed. When you’re just thinking to press the power off button, then you feel an urge for a quick channel surfing. While doing this, you come across another interesting program. Hours pass by now. The idiot box once again gets it’s victory over the most intelligent living being in this world.
The programs which you are dying to watch is easily available in internet nowadays. You can enjoy it anytime later. Don’t you agree that the energy spent behind these programs could have been utilised better in your blog? Think about it.
Blogging distractions no. 2 #Unfriendly social media :
Writing about internet reminds me of social media. You have lots of friends in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You enter a whole new world full of updates from your friends- one is getting married, other just had a baby, some went to a vacation and rest are partying. It’s not easy to keep yourself away from their timelines. But is it that important exactly when you are concentrating on your blog? Can’t they wait for a while?
You can argue that it’s only for the sake of having a break. Okay. In that case, grab a cup of coffee. It will help to clear the traffic jam inside your head. Why do you grab the phone to mess your mind? Consider on this topic every time when you open social media apps in your phone while blogging.
Blogging distractions no. 3 #Errands of low priority :
It’s not possible to survive without having no work to do at all. Work or home front – endless and recurring tasks await for you throughout the day. In the midst of all this chaos, it becomes utterly difficult to make out some time for your blog.
There comes the necessity of your planning skills. I am sure every job can’t be your topmost priority. There has to be certain things that can wait for some time. Find out those areas and take advantage of that time for your passion (your blog in this case). You will thank yourself at the end of the day.
Blogging distractions no. 4 #Random thoughts :
This one is specially for daydreamers. I know daydreaming can make you reach new heights of creativity and enthusiasm. Ask me. But please do it only after you are done with your post. Even if you are not a daydreamer, still there will be tons of irrelevant thoughts whispering in your mind. Powerpoint presentation in office next week, movie plans this weekend, choosing the outfit for your best friend’s wedding, what to prepare for dinner – it can be anything.
Thinking about these stuffs is not required while you are blogging. It will only distract you.
So, hang a ‘Do not disturb’ board to distractions and finish your post within time. Or, do you intend to keep it in draft stage for a few more days?