Monday, February 1, 2010

The perils of social networking when it comes to one's writing routine

Raise your hand (or click your mouse) if you get distracted by the internet when you sit down to do your professional, academic or work related writing.  For some, myself included, writing and procrastination go hand-in-hand like Jack Webb and good posture. 

If that describes you as well, this good-humored article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed may not make you anymore self-disciplined, but at least you won't feel so alone:

When I sit down to write, I follow a time-tested, meticulous protocol that facilitates concentration on the task at hand by ensuring my personal comfort.

First I clear my desk and place a glass of water to the left of my laptop. Usually a mug of robust coffee stands beside it, along with my digital tape recorder (in case I get a phone call from an important source). To my right lies my handy-dandy notebook, a pen, and my cellphone. I sit on my huge fitness ball to remind myself to practice good posture, thus avoiding back pain from sitting for several hours.

I click on iTunes and play something empowering, like Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. I am prepped for success.

Then I check Facebook.

And MySpace.

And Twitter.

OK, now it's time to work.

Wait—there's my bank account, too. That needs to be checked immediately. I can't be too sure that yesterday's deposit went through. That will save me from an overdraft when I renew my daily love-horoscope text subscription, which I saw advertised on MySpace a couple of months ago.

You get the idea.  It's surprising the author even finished her column.  And if you'd like to read the rest, click here.

I am the scholarship dude.


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