Those of you who follow this blog (may blessing rain upon you for making a writer happy) might remember that, at the start of October, I decided to try to go light on the internet during that month.
Specifically, the idea was to limit online time to an hour per day, so as to have time to engage in offline pursuits that ‘fill the well’ of creativity, partly to inform NaNoWriMo in November.
As far as the stated aim of an hour a day went, I would have to say it was a colossal failure. (I appreciate you keeping the laughs down to a polite tittering. Your manners are valued.)
But, as an exercise in working out where the time goes and making a plan for the future, it has been, I think, very successful.
Here’s what I discovered:
There are three main ways that I lose time to the internet. The first is when I am avoiding jobs that I think are going to be difficult, scary or boring – or classic procrastination, in other words. The second is in genuine work, which needs to be done, either for business, personal or volunteer reasons. The third is in due to the fundamentally interconnected, diffuse and non-focussed nature of the way I interact with it.
So, how can I deal with these issues?