13 thoughts on “Is your creative mind suffering from social media overload like mine is?

  1. Hey, Lloyd! So relate to this. I have gone back and forth in my routines, but finally committed to writing first thing in the morning no matter what. It’s when I’m in the best frame of mind to be creative, and that way I’m sure to spend time on what matters most. Then I do social media immediately afterwards. I’m a freelancer, so that means starting my projects later in the day than I might like, but so far it’s working okay. I also try to stick to time limits on social media–not always easy! Thanks for this post. :O)

    • I may have to reprogram myself to break the routine—the rut—I’ve fallen into and do the same thing you are doing. I don’t see any other way to get more work done on my next book.

      • Colleen and Lloyd, I think you might be right. It would be best to writing early in the morning when the creative juices are flowing at their peak. Social media doesn’t demand the same concentration that good writing does, so it makes sense to write during the peak period of one’s day.

      • And it’s working. After Colleen’s comment, I changed my routine so I had morning time to write on a new blog post or to work on my next book, and it is more productive than waiting until late in the afternoon or early evening when the energy and drive to write feels gone and then forced.

  2. Absolutely, Lloyd! I try to get all of my US-based social media obligations (and it does feel like an obligation sometimes…!) before starting my 8-hour working day, then blitz through the Aussie social media at lunchtime. Then by the time I’ve got home, walked the dog, it’s 8:45pm before I sit down to write. And by this time, the next batch of Twitter and Facebook posts are coming out from Europe! We determined authors need marketing assistants for this 24*7 world!!

    • You must be much younger than I am to sit down and write around 8:45 PM.

      When I was teaching—and much younger—I often got up at 3 AM to write for a couple of hours (then went to work), but these days by 8 PM, I feel drained and brain dead. Not yet ready to sleep, I end up watching DVDs (can’t stand commercial TV). I’m working my way through the 7-season series of “True Blood” but I never start until after 8 PM.

  3. I go through this too often and lately having been blocking time specifically for writing. Although I use two screens at work (I’m an engineer), having a second one at home would be too tempting to leave twitter open on it. Try leaving the second one open to google or some research site?

  4. Yes, i do. I feel just like you.
    When I wrote my first book, I just worried about writing, but now I have so many other things to do, that I have less time to write my second book. Unfortunately, unless you have an agent and a leading publisher, I guess you have to do it all yourself.
    But I’m having fun on my journey. There’s no rush. It’s not a race, for me it’s a wonderful learing process 🙂

    • Not working on my next book project for days at a time, does bother me, but I still enjoy a lot of what I’m doing with social media. It’s a mixed bag. If there was a way to give up sleep and stay healthy, then we might be able to have it all—the writing and social media. :o)

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