What is your biggest excuse to not post regularly? Bet I know what you’re going to say.
What keeps you from actually writing something down? As soon you plonk yourself before your computer, what happens?
Is it lack of time?
Well, funny I have the same complaint as well. And so do the hundreds of bloggers. Few lucky ones don’t. How do they do it? Well, the reason is very simple. They don’t get distracted. Heard this before? Don’t know why it doesn’t REALLY click in. It did for me yesterday.
At my house, I had a fuse blown for more about two hours or so. I couldn’t turn the TV on, receive any calls and access the internet (which was probably the hardest). I went offline – and I went invisible.
So I sat down and wrote- and wrote- and wrote.
We can see what had happened. There is a reason why I was able to do exactly what I wanted to do and even a bit more.
I was NOT distracted.
I did not start my day by checking my email first. Believe me when I say this, nothing happened when I didn’t check my email in the morning. The world didn’t stop. The sun did come out a usual.
I did not spend hours looking at other blogs, and commenting on different posts. Thats all good but if I do that, then I am not working on my own blog.
I did not have a quick look at my facebook. Now, I have only few close friends and family on my personal account, even that takes me away from work. A quick message here and there, maybe I’ll write a long overdue email to someone who just posted a quick update to their status. Hang on, might as well watch that youtube video while I am here. You get the idea.
I did not log on to twitter. I did not see who started following me, therefore, I was not enticed to click on their profiles, which could lead to looking at their blogs. I might have decided to follow them back and send them quick messages. It takes away time that I could use to finish my work.
I did not turn the TV on and drift away by catching mindless piece of information.
I did not receive a long call from a close friend and end up chatting for 45 minutes. Nor was I tempted to make one.
I did not sit around feeling intimidated by the task ahead of me. Didn’t have to think, oh I can’t do this, it’s beyond me. Was that really the case or have I made it this way.
I had something to do and I did it.
When you are working at and office, are you constantly doing things that take you away from work? I am guessing no – for the most part. Then why do we do it at home?
Distractions are funny, they are small and seem insignificant. They come unexpectedly and when you start attending to them, all your planning flies out the window. And you are left wondering where all your time went.
You can beat them in 3 easy steps.
That’s the first step to having a shot at acheiving what you want in life. Make a list of tasks for the day and follow through. It’s that simple.
Yes, you will have to be very self-disciplined. But that’s the whole point of it.
Prioritize Your Time
Make blocks of all the demands on your time that take you away from your task at hand –ie writing a new post. If it’s being on the internet, turn it off.
Set a time aside for checking your blog subscriptions. Say 20 minutes. Even if you can’t read everything, you’ll probably find out that you did the thing that is more important at the moment. Writing a post.
Do not go around commenting everywhere. Only comment if you genuinely have something to say, or praise the exceptionally well-written post.
Check your emails together instead of checking throughout the day. Same goes for the phone calls, return them in bunches if you get many while you are working.
Stick To It
Would you be able to access social networking sites or tv at work? Do the same while you are working from home, its no different really. If you allow too many distractions, you will lose valuable time and end up accomplishing nothing.
I did it for one day. The goal is now to do it for every day of the week. No more lame excuses for why I did not publish three times a week. I have taken the first step.
What keeps you distracted from writing post regularly? Share your tips on how to beat these nasty buggers with all of us.
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