I don’t know about you, but I’m a Social Media junkie. I Facebook, I tweet and I LinkIn (haven’t gotten quite as into Google+ yet), and that can keep me entertained for hours.
I’ve heard lots of my colleagues often talk about the perils of social media, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I realized how much of a time suck they really are. Yesterday, I had a busy day ahead of me, and I sat down at my computer at 9 a.m., after plopping my fourth grader on the school bus. I clicked on Facebook, like so many of us do, just for a quick look-see. When I looked up at the clock again, it was 11:30 a.m.
That’s just crazy. So I’ve decided I needed to create what I’m calling a daily No Social Media Zone — a block of two hours where I will not go anywhere near a tweet or a poke or a post. There’s no way I can go cold turkey, but I see how much social networking — Facebook, in particular — really is starting to hamper my writing time.
Some writers unplug altogether while they’re writing. That’s not for me. I like having access to the internet for one thing or another and somehow manage not to get sucked into any black holes while I do some quick research. Social media is another story, so I am limiting my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. access to 22 hours a day, instead of 24 hours. The hours of 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will be social media free. This way, I can check in in the morning, write a few posts, tweet a few interesting things, and then do the same in the evenings and late nights and just about every other time of the day.
Twenty-two hours of access instead of 24. That should be more than enough. Don’t you think?