Digital Distractions

I might have written a few more books in the last five years if it wasn’t for digital distractions. In today’s world we’re flooded with them.

Is there any way to stop the madness? I’m not sure. It seems we’ve almost been programmed to be distracted in this day and age. Think of all the crap that keeps us from doing more productive activities.

  • Smart phones
  • Social media
  • Television
  • Customer service
  • Video games
  • Technology upkeep
  • Direct messaging
  • Email

The list could go on but I’m only focusing on the more common digital distractions. How many times have you found yourself scrolling Facebook or watching Netflix when you might have been creating something? Thousands? I know it’s a constant problem for me.

How can we stop from being overwhelmed by all these distractions? Short of opting out of the modern world I’m not sure we can. I’ve already limited my social media but I’ve often thought about completely eliminating the Internet when I retire. How then would I keep doing this? Creating and sharing? Could I even pay my bills? It’s a two-edged sword.

The only way to have less digital distractions is to practice discipline.

  • Set up an hour a day to go digital free
  • Save one day a week to specifically work on creative projects
  • Take a digital-free weekend once a month

You know all this stuff.

They’re great ideas in theory, but remember you don’t really control your creativity. It leads you. This creates another complication but don’t fret.

My experience has been that creativity is stronger than distraction. Simply put, when the muse is active, I’m working. When I’m working, I’m less distracted. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.