I’m a quitter. There. I said it. Whew!
I had a lot of time to think over the holiday season this year and decided it was time to get serious about my career. All I seem to talk about is writing and how great it’s going to be to write full time at home. But what am I DOING to make that happen? More importantly, what am I doing to ensure it’s NOT going to happen?
I cancelled my satellite service a year ago and guess what? I still get three channels – for FREE! One distraction and expense gone. Guess what else! I don’t miss it. I only turn my TV on three times a week, sometimes less and only for 6-9 hours a week, max. Compared to the 30-50 hours a week I was wasting staring at the magic box in my living room, I have almost entirely quit TV and it’s fabulous! Now, if I can quit watching online, I’ll be set. I don’t want to cut it out of my life forever (I get a lot of great ideas and a much needed break from reality), but it’s time to put a limit on how much online shenanigans I get up to in the average evening.
Next, going through the FB account and deleting any “friends”, groups, and pages that I have “liked” that I need to quit. (note to self : FB makes it frustratingly difficult to “unlike” pages so be a bit more discerning about which pages you add moving forward) I am amazed at how much junk I have accumulated because I thought it might prove interesting at some point. That, my friends, is cyber-hoarding.
I have three e-mail accounts, which may seem like much but each serves a very specific purpose. But I am going to go through them again and clean them out. I need to quit e-mail lists that are cyber junk-mail. Getting 60 e-mails a day doesn’t make you important. It makes you distracted and disorganized. But we all do it. Some of it is well-meaning – e-mail for certain charities that you intend to support or want to learn more about. Or perhaps it’s for a friend’s home-based business. But do you REALLY need to be distracted/bombarded by updates and appeals for business? You know they sell Tupperware. You have their contact info. If you get a sudden urge to add another salad spinner or juice jug to your life, you know who to call. No disrespect to Tupperware, because I love it to bits n pieces. But unless one of your characters is a Tupperware sales rep, get off their mailing list and back to writing!
Interestingly enough, Kristen Lamb just wrote a blog post about this very thing (not Tupperware, but quitting anything and everything that’s a distraction from your writing). It further cemented my convictions and was a sign from the Literary Gods that I am indeed on the right track. Swing by and take a look! Be sure and tell her I sent you.