Social Media is a great marketing tool. And social media is also a great distraction tool. If you want to be distracted….I’m not sure why…. just pull out your device and click on your favorite social media app, and you will be happily… or sadly distracted for hours.
With social media’s power to distract, comes the power that it has to steal our precious time. This is a time that can best be spent doing more productive activities with our life. For me, this activity is writing.
As a writer, I know that the mere distraction of social media can destroy my productivity. Just a quick check of my social media status, during a session of writing, can lead me down a path where I lose precious time that was reserved for completing a project.
In the past I have allowed the distracting power of social media to destroy my writing goals. It happened because I agreed to give myself time to write, then 5 minutes to check my social media status. As I clicked aimlessly through the timelines, reading post, and hitting the like or comment button, that promised 5 minutes became a wasteful hour or more.
It was then that I realized that something had to change, I had to SHUT IT DOWN. I could no longer have access to social media during my time of writing. All my devices and wi-fi had to be turned off.
And, I know this may seem extreme to some. However, I believe that it is important to recognize those things that are distractions for you. We must do this before those distractions become the very things that, “shut you down” from achieving your goals and purpose in life.