Aug 5, 2014

And there goes my focus. Out the window.

Come 7pm later this evening, I will have been back in America for one week.

It's kinda crazy how much the Internet has been taking over my life.

In Ethiopia, I maybe had four hours a week.  This meant I was doing a lot of reading, a lot of writing, and watching TV shows on my laptop.  I still don't check facebook or e-mail as many times as the rest of my family (maybe once a day, each), so I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing.

Actually....(just remembered I read a science article about RescueTime which monitors computer use for productivity, downloaded the app, and so I headed to the dash board)...yesterday I spent almost 2 hours looking at fanfiction (bad Gwen! But that's what happens when I see a good movie and want more stories with the characters. You all need to go see Guardians of the Galaxy.) and most of a third reading news through Calibre. And then spent 30 minutes on Critique Circle because I need to earn points so I can post the next chapter of my WIP to get comments on it.

So I guess I'm not wasting as much time as I thought. Huh.

But I'm still not doing the writing/reading I expected to be in the habit of doing. It's like my attention is drawn everywhere - kitchen with an oven! Let's bake!  Netflix party! Google! Let's do research! (granted, I do still need to find a place to stay in San Fransisco) Look at that! I don't need a bucket to wash my clothes! Hot water showers! I can workout every day now or just enjoy the spray! - and I can't concentrate on things I should.

Like my writing.

And moving/preping for grad school that starts in....32 days.  Okay, I got a bit of time them.

Any tips to focus when things are just calling for you attention but you know you really, really should be writing? Cuz this only sorta helps.


3 comments:

  1. Fyi, California's currently in a drought and rationing water... so don't get too attached to long showers.

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  2. Oooh, I'm not sure I'd like to find out exactly how long I spend online. I saw Guardians of the Galaxy - it was brilliant, and I loved the soundtrack.

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  3. Hi Gwen :) You left a comment on my blog about being willing to beta Cupid Incorporated. Could you send me an email at tianalei (@) gmail (.) com? I don't have your email address!

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