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Distractions, when you’re trying to accomplish anything, are a problem. But distractions are a part of life.

For me, it’s a challenge to balance creative time, free from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, and living life! Family, friends, pets, exercise, cooking, gardening, etc. are important to me, and inspiration for my writing and art. I embrace life with all its complexities and contradictions and don’t want to miss it while still pursuing my creative endeavors.

So what to do?

– Scheduling creative time, and letting family members know, unless it’s an emergency, you’re not to be interrupted – works for some people.

– Limiting social media time (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) by using a timer can help control that distraction.

– Recording your favorite television shows, then speed through the commercials when you watch them later saves a few minutes. And I’ve found after a show is recorded, I think about if I really want to spend that 45 minutes or more watching it. Often, I just delete the show and pick up a book.

– Use Caller-ID. Unless you must talk to the person or fear it’s an emergency, don’t pick up the phone. If it’s important, the caller will leave a message.

– The weeds, dust bunnies, and dog hair will be there tomorrow. When a deadline presses close, let the garden and cleaning wait a day or two. Notice I did not say forever here, a few days won’t matter – a few weeks will!

– Eat convenience foods or carry out. Again, this isn’t a long-term solution, but if you’re pushing to the end of a project, pizza one night and Chinese carry-out the next night is fine.

Remember, distractions are a part of life. Don’t complain about them – deal with them!

For a funny, tongue-in-cheek look at distractions, check out this post from Writer Unboxed. Enjoy!

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My husband and I recently attended the wedding of the son of life-long friends. We were sitting at a table with 3 other couples – all of whom were in their late 20s or early 30s. Up until the time the main course arrived, these 6 potential readers were busy texting and using twitter. A quick glance around the reception hall revealed almost all potential readers under 40 years of age were likewise engaged online with their phones.

Note to self: Find a way to reach those readers!

This is an interesting article on how even the big publishers realize social media is the way to reach younger readers.

What do you think? Do writers need to engage readers on social media? Readers, do you like it when writers reach out to you via twitter, etc.?

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Good old PBS had a media tips post that made me consider my forays into the social media world.

I think authors (and anyone else trying to build a following) will find this post useful. Any other social media tips you can think of?

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