This morning, I removed the Facebook, twitter and tumblr apps from my phone’s home screen. I also unfollowed a number of pages on Facebook.
I’ve been doing a fair amount of thinking about focus and pursuing goals lately. The way I’ve been using social media in particular has been really sapping my attention and time. I know it’s only January, but I already feel like I’m falling behind on what I want to do for 2016.
It’s not a good feeling.
I’d like to post 4 to 5 days a week here, but after last week’s bouts with stomach flu*, that didn’t happen. I have wishes swirling around in my brain like fishes in a tank, and they just seem to be slippery enough that I’m tiring myself out by trying to catch them.
I’ve found the best way to address that mental fatigue is to approach the problems in a more methodical way.
The first step is to let go of the time wasters that just aren’t helping me towards my goals, which includes coming up with fresh subject matter for this blog. Hence, removing the Facebook groups that don’t pertain to said interests.
The next is to remove the temptation to distract myself when away from the computer. As much as I like my smartphone, its social media functions do offer a constant temptation to check on my accounts when I need to be away from the internet world.
Sitting in front of a screen all the time tends to kill creativity, even if said screen is the best way to get the eventual results out to the world.
So long, social media apps.
Hopefully, those things will cut down on the distraction factor, so I can focus more on building my life away from the computer and, in the process, continue developing my writing pursuits.
A big reason behind this fatigue is simply that I am online so much, but another part is the cognitive load it puts on me. Whether I realize it or not, dyslexia makes reading harder on me than someone without it, and the fast pace of social media just compounds that effort.
So, if I’m going to focus on fiction, actually writing in my blogs and my copywriting, I need to make some changes.
*I say “bouts” because it went away and then came right back after a few days, complete with fever and headache. Ugh. Stupid virus and its multiple strains.