Am I alone in having problems keeping away from the internet? My guilty pleasure is in checking whether there is anything new. Is there a new email? Have readers left comments on my blogs? Have I any new followers on Twitter? What did Google+ decide to tag my latest blog post link with?
I go round in ever decreasing circles!
In March I worked really hard to prepare all my A to Z posts. In April I managed to have my posts to the end of April ready for my other blog. Now A to Z is over and my blogging goals are not being set by any specific challenge, I have come back to the Daily Prompt a few times. I don’t know what happened the first time, but my pingback did not appear. Perhaps the Daily Prompt is stricter now than previously and entries have to be linked withing 24 hours. I was a day late.
The next pingback worked, but I had managed to write the post on time. I hope this one will also work.
I have other writing priorities away from the internet. Spending non-productive time on social media does not achieve anything. I need to limit the number of times I check various accounts each day. One way of improving my time-management involves setting my lap-top to aircraft mode. This disconnects me from the internet and allows me to write off-line and save my work in a Word document. It is a habit I need to cultivate. (As I write, I am still on-line!)
Over the last few weeks I have become numbed to the guilt of wasting my time checking my stats, checking notifications on social media, reading my entire Twitter feed. A week away from the internet led to information overload on my return! Having sorted out the backlog of comments and emails, I carried on spending the same length of time using my computer without achieving much.
So my guilty pleasure must end. I must develop better working practices. I must not switch my computer on unless I have a plan to use it for a purpose. If I have checked all my social media, I do not need to check them again for at least half a day! Nothing is so urgent that it needs an immediate reply. I do not need to be on Twitter for the whole of #bloghour. In fact #bloghour can probably manage very well without me; my other followers on Twitter will not be bombarded with irrelevant Tweets.
And perhaps I may even spend less time writing replies to Daily Prompts. There are bloggers tackling #100blogs challenge They are attempting to post new material for 100 consecutive days. In October I began to do that here on Sue’s Trifles. That is over six months and nearer 200 than 100 posts. Perhaps when I reach 200 posts I’ll reduce my posting frequency. I need to get out more!
What’s the one guilty pleasure you have that’s so good, you no longer feel guilty about it?