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December 7, 2010

December 2 – Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)

Wellll…yeah. Facebook, Twitter and TV are the three biggest things I do that don’t contribute to my writing.

Can I eliminate them? Yes, I suppose it is theoretically POSSIBLE to eliminate them.

But do I have to ELIMINATE them, or could I, you know, be INTENTIONAL about them? And isn’t that ALMOST as good?

TV is easy – I can DVR the shows that I REALLY want to watch and just leave it off unless I was INTENTIONALLY watching something. Instead of just having it on and half paying attention -I’m looking at you, Food Network, HIMYM and Old Christine reruns, and also Two and a Half Men, the show that I hate to love.

Could I possibly devise a schedule of FB and Twitter time, maybe check them “periodically” or “now and then” instead of “all the damn time?”

Am I using my self-proclaimed “obligation” social media as an excuse not to write? Um, yeah probably. But eliminating these things seems risky – at some point you DO have to engage your audience AND GUESS WHERE THEY ARE? Online. That’s right. So…balance.

Has anyone else purposefully limited FB, Twitter and TV time? What are your rules? How’s it going? Are you actually writing more?

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