What are your Top 5 Distractions?

This week on Open Book Blog Hop we’re talking about your distractions, or more particularly, what are your Top 5 Distractions and how do you deal with them?

Distractions aren’t fun, but sadly we have them a lot in our lives. Especially with the Internet. There’s always a distraction waiting around the corner.

 

My top five distractions are:

  1.  The pop up messages telling me that someone posted something on Facebook.  OMG, this is a big on.  Just typing this post out I was a minimum of 23 messages.
  2. Email.  I also get messages when I get emails.  And those pop-ups usually include the first line of the email.  But not the whole line, just enough that I feel compelled to stop and check in case I need to respond right away.
  3. People.  When I’m at work (I work in a law office part-time) I am interrupted constantly.  By constantly, I mean – all the darn time.  Between co-workers, attorneys, telephone calls, emails, and generally, messages popping up telling me that someone tagged me on Facebook. 😄
  4. Having too many irons in the fire.  I seem to have a problem.  I get involved in too many things.  Then, I have too many things going on at the same time and I find myself in the middle of something only to think I should be doing something else.
  5. My phone.  Like many people, I have a smart phone.  I get notifications every time someone pins one of my pins on Pinterest.  Each time someone likes one of my Instagram posts.  Emails, tweets, text messages, Facebook messages, you name it, I am never unplugged.  While this seems like a bad thing, it is a way of life.  I work hard and I’ve fallen into the trap of being afraid I’ll miss an opportunity to get involved in a promotional opportunity, that will bring my books to new readers.  

Do you have a way of holding the distractions at bay? If so, share your tips.


6 thoughts on “What are your Top 5 Distractions?”

  1. Lela MarkhamLela Markham

    Distractions aren’t fun??? I think that’s the problem … they are too much fun.

    But, yeah, writing in a whack-a-mole society requires distraction discipline. As a cost-saving measure, I turned off my Internet access on my phone — I can still use it as a smart phone wherever there’s a wireless connection, but only if I choose to load it. It saves me $50 a month, but the side benefit that has become the main one for me is that it got rid of a lot of distractions. I also turned off the pop-up blocker. I still hear a ding when someone posts to Facebook (which I chose), but I can ignore background noises better than visual distractions, so it works for me.

  2. P.J. MacLayneP.J. MacLayne

    I haven’t loaded any social media on my phone. And I limit my time on Facebook when I’m on my computer. That helps me stay at least somewhat focused.

  3. Author K WilliamsAuthor K Williams

    Oh, god, those pop ups! I e gotten good at ignoring them! So distracting though.

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