Have you ever gone online and looked up to notice several HOURS have passed? We can get lost in busyness – but how does this support our writing?
Of course, researching markets, guidelines or facts for our writing projects is a valid use of time online. But, let’s be real, here, guys. Is it work, or is it a time warp? How can you find out?
As a Weight Watchers member, who tracks her food points, I learned a valuable lesson. We often do things, eat things or say things out of habit and comfort. Tracking what I eat throughout the day was eye-opening. Popping a chip in my mouth while packing the kids’ lunches, enjoying a small bowl of Raisin Bran before bed or nibbling shredded mozzarella while layering it over recipes was adding up! By writing it down, I was accountable and therefore prepared to make changes.
Minutes checking Facebook, hitting Refresh for your email or leaving comments on blogs you follow add up, too. Couldn’t those minutes be better spent roughing out that first draft, or tweaking that query letter? We have more time available than we realize.
Keep a notepad next to your computer and jot down those minutes every time you click a new site. This works for TV time, too.
Share your findings with us!