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Don’t Let Social Media Sweep Writing Time Under The Rug.

by Kelsey Rae Musick

What if you could increase your daily writing time by two additional hours?

The average person spends over two hours a day scrolling through various social media platforms. Consider how many more words you could write and how many more ideas you might produce if you spent that time with your story.

Distractions are everywhere, and for a writer, too many distractions can be detrimental. One of the most significant distractions of our era is at our fingertips from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed — social media.

That’s not to say that social media is some big, bad monster. It isn’t. But it can be addicting, distracting, and time-consuming. It can disrupt your personal life, impede your productivity, and steal your time without you even realizing it.

Sometimes, I finish my work day and all I want to do is scroll on my phone. My energy is depleted, my motivation is minimal at best, and my attention span is nonexistent. On these days, social media feels like it’s quite literally beckoning me to browse it for endless hours. On these days, the last thing on my mind is my story.

But extensive social media usage can lead to overstimulation and stress, both of which can make it even more difficult to focus on your story when you do finally sit down with it. Digital distractions aren’t always easy to deal with. But there are things you can do to lessen their severity and impact.

Here are some ways to manage your social media usage: turn off notifications, put less weight on social media appearance, and modify morning and evening routines to avoid phone usage.

Also, set time limits. Many phones now have health settings where users can set timers to limit time spent on social media applications. Implementing these easy steps can help writers enjoy the digital detox they deserve while simultaneously making more time available for them to spend with their stories.

If you aren’t giving your story the time it deserves, who else will? The answer is no one. You are your story’s champion, and without you, your story does not exist.

Only you can write your story.

Think of your story like a fire. If you don’t tend to fire, it will eventually burn out. Fires need heat, oxygen, and fuel. Your story needs you, your creativity, and your time.

When you’re constantly setting your story on the back burner, it’s being neglected instead of nurtured. Don’t let distractions like social media hijack your time or creativity. We all have an idea about how valuable time is. But I think we all underestimate its true worth.

How much is your story worth to you? Do you give it the time it deserves, or do you allow distractions to pull you away?

Too many distractions and too much time spent on social media can ultimately prevent you from setting aside the time needed to write your story. Writing time, whether five minutes or fifty, should be a sacred part of your day.

To make progress with your story, you need to show up, do the work, and be consistent.

Regardless of your mood, regardless of if you’re feeling creative or inspired. You will be surprised by how many words you will write and ideas you will conjure when you set social media to the side and place your story at the forefront.

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