5 Major Distractions To Avoid While Blogging

October 1, 2019
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Are you struggling to keep up with your blogging tasks because of the distractions surrounding you? Have you been sabotaging your blog’s content and growth by easily getting distracted? If this sounds like you, this post is for you! While there’s no foolproof way to entirely avoid distractions while blogging, there are many ways you can control and overcome some distractions. Lucky for you, I’ve been distracted far too many times that I have decided to put together a post with all the major distractions you should avoid while blogging. So, if you’re tired of getting distracted by every little thing (or big thing) and are ready to perform at your best, here are 5 key distractions you should avoid when you blog.

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DISTRACTIONS ARE DISTRACTIONS

Distractions, distractions, distractions! We all hate them, but for some reason we fail to avoid them. 

I totally get it.

It’s definitely hard to NOT get distracted when there’s so much happening in real life and on social media! And although it’s hard to entirely avoid distractions while blogging, it’s crucial to avoid as many distractions we can as possible in order to blog effectively! 

It’s essential to avoid distractions while blogging.

We are all capable of writing exceptional content given the right amount of time, attention, and dedication. However, when distractions kick in, our content suffers. 

Distractions have the capacity to sabotage the performance of our blog and the quality of our content. 

SAVE FOR LATER!

5 major distractions to avoid while blogging

THE OPPORTUNITY COST OF GIVING UP DISTRACTIONS

Do I really want to give up my time doing this so that I can excel in something bigger?

What is the opportunity cost of giving up a habit that causes you pleasure but doesn’t help you grow, for a habit that will actually help you build your future and grow as a person? 

Opportunity cost is simply losing something to gain something bigger or of higher value instead. 

What do YOU want to gain? 

In other words, what is the cost of eliminating a mere distraction to gain valuable time blogging? 

5 DISTRACTIONS TO AVOID AS A BLOGGER:

BLOGGING DISTRACTION #1: YOUR PHONE

A BLESSING AND A CURSE

Phones can be a blessing as much as they can be a curse. 

Honestly, I could barely remember what it was like to not have a phone and I didn’t even grow up with an iPhone as a kid. In fact, I got my first iPod touch when I was 12 years old! 

However, I’m so used to having a phone that I simply can’t imagine what I would do without my phone. 

I definitely love my phone and am grateful to live in a generation where phones serve of great use and help make things easier! 

CONTROLLING THE USE OF OUR PHONES

Whether it’d be to check emails, take photos, post on social media, work, text friends and family members, play games, watch videos, or surf the web, we heavily depend on our phones. 

And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with using our phones to do said tasks, we have to control the time we spend on our phones. Can you imagine the amount of things we would be able to accomplish by simply reducing an hour of screen time? What about two or three hours? 

So what can we do to avoid this MAJOR distraction? 

Throw away our phones? Get rid of them? No. 

Let’s not go to an extreme, either. 

Our phones serve of great use to us, if used properly. The goal is not to eliminate, but to control. 

Let us control our phone use and NOT be controlled by our phones. 

STOP DOING THIS:

  • Checking your phone after every notification. Your notifications can wait, your blog can’t.
  • Checking your social media accounts every few minutes. 
  • Keeping your phone on you at all times – it’s okay to be phone-free every once in a while!
  • Texting everyone and their mothers, sheesh.
  • Watching videos on YouTube unless it’s your break time! A huge NO NO.
  • Using apps on your phone while writing.
  • Downloading apps that won’t help you with your blog. Don’t add more unecessary screen time! If anything, reduce, but don’t add more distractions.

START DOING THIS:

  • Limit your screen time – set time limits for apps through your settings!
  • Turn OFF all notifications.
  • Limit your time every time you go on social media (5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, etc)
  • Use alarms when opening Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook or Pinterest – that way you don’t spend too much time on there.
  • Use your social media MOSTLY for blogging purposes! 80% blog, 20% you.
  • Take ocaccisonal social media breaks
  • Keep your phone far away from you when you are writing – if possible, in a different room!

BLOGGING DISTRACTION #2: SURROUNDINGS

Are your surroundings inspiring you to write or distracting you from writing? 

What exactly are my surroundings, you may ask? 

Your surroundings can include anything from the people around you to your workspace! 

DON’T LET PEOPLE DISTRACT YOU

Not to be rude, but are the people around you constantly DISTRACTING you or inspiring you? 

Your friends, family members and significant other may not mean to distract you, but unless they really understand the world of blogging, they may serve you as a major distraction. 

They ask for 5 minutes of your time, but will instead take 30 minutes. 

For example, they talk to you for hours without realizing that you can’t write unless you CONCENTRATE! Or my personal favorite: they’ll stare at you while you’re writing as if you are some kind of alien, ha! 

All of these are major distractions that not only consume your time, but distract you from creating content. There’s nothing wrong with being around people, but knowing when to stay away from distractions is essential if you want to be able to create great content.

AVOID BEING IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT DISTRACTS YOU

How does the environment you write in look like, feel like, and smell like? 

Are you writing in a dark room that makes you feel gloomy instead of inspired? 

Remember, your tone and mood is reflected through your writing. 

If you are inspired, motived and excited, your writing will reflect just that!

CREATE AN ORGANIZED WORKSPACE

Your workspace should reflect who YOU are as a person.

An organized and clean workspace will motivate you to work and create.

While an unorganized and messy workspace will cause you to be unmotivated and lazy. I’ve noticed that I am most productive when my workspace is organized. 

BLOCK OUT NOISE

Avoid writing in noisy places where you can’t concentrate! 

STOP DOING THIS: 

  • Avoid unnecessary gatherings (without ruining your relationships of course!) to focus more on your blog. Holidays are an exception, obviously!
  • Stop saying yes to everyone else when saying yes to others means saying no to your blog.
  • Stop leaving your workspace a mess.
  • Avoid writing in noisy and distracting places.

START DOING THIS:

  • Find solo time to write!
  • Avoid being around people who distract you when you’re writing. Hang out with them when you’re NOT writing. 
  • Learn to say NO to others 
  • Tell your friends you’re busy – it’s not a crime to say NO to an invite.
  • Block time for your writing! 
  • Organize your workspace.
  • Clean your workspace once a week.
  • Write in quiet places.

BLOGGING DISTRACTION #3: MUSIC

When I just began blogging I would write with music on the background.

But the more I got into writing, the more I noticed how distracting music is – obviously in a good way but it is still distracting enough to get you off track! 

SET RULES TO HELP YOU STAY ON TRACK

So, I have set rules for myself when it comes to listening to music while blogging.

If I’m creating edits, taking photos, editing photos, creating freebies, creating pins, etc I allow myself to listen to music. However, if I’m writing a blog post, scheduling pins/tweets or promoting my work, I cut out all of my music and only have instrumental music playing in the background. 

I even created myself a “writing playlist” on YouTube of only instrumentals. 

THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INSPIRATION AND DISTRACTION 

I’ve realized that instrumental music gets me pretty emotional, sort of “in my feels” and when I’m emotional, I’m the most creative, haha. The goal of listening to music when you’re writing isn’t to “turn up” but to inspire yourself to write more effectively.

 If you’re able to concentrate with music, go for it. 

If not, definietly try to avoid music when you’re writing like I have. It helps so much!

STOP DOING THIS:

  • Stop listening to your favorite songs while writing. It’s hard to not sing along to your favorite songs.
  • Stop listening to music that will make you want to sing or dance along.
  • If you have to listen to music, don’t turn the volume up high. 

START DOING THIS: 

  • Write in silence so that you can hear your thoughts, if that makes sense 😉
  • Have instrumental music play in the background.
  • Create a “writing playlist” of instrumentals and piano music to play everytime you write.
  • Subscribe to relax daily on YouTube for inspiring, peaceful and relaxing instrumentals.

BLOGGING DISTRACTION #4: ENTERTAINMENT 

Oh hello Netflix, YouTube and TV.

I’m not sure about you, but I’m more of a Netflix and YouTube kind of girl. 

Regardless of the platform we use to watch a program, we all enjoy watching something, don’t we?

TAKE YOUR WORK HOURS SERIOUSLY

Well, there is absolutely nothing wrong with watching your favorite shows, movies or youtube channels, as long as you are watching them during appropriate times. Work hours are not included 😉

Regardless of the magnitude of pleasure that entertainment gives, there is a time and place for everything. Being entertained while blogging can be very distracting. A TV show/movie/video won’t help you write more effectively. It will only distract you, causing you to produce poor content. 

STOP DOING THIS:

  • Don’t have your TV on while you’re writing! It’s hard not to get hooked during certain scenes.
  • Avoid going on YouTube to watch a “blogging related” or tutorial video during the time that you should be writing – you can easily get side tracked on YouTube!
  • Avoid writing in a room where someone else is watching TV. The background noise and them commenting on the show or laughing will distract you. 

START DOING THIS: 

  • Use timers when you’re watching TV to control your time and make better use of it. 
  • Take days off from watching anything! Use the time you would use to watch an episode to write a blog post. 
  • Set times for your entertaintment and only watch videos/shows/movies during those times. 

Suggestions of when to watch TV:

When you’re eating a meal, cleaning your house, doing laundry, or creating pins and edits.

BLOGGING DISTRACTION #5: YOUR MENTALITY 

Mentality /menˈtalədē/ (n) : the characteristic attitude of mind or way of thinking of a person or group

At the end of the day you can eliminate all of the distractions in the world and even all of your surroundings, but if you have a bad mentality, you will still not be able to blog successfully. 

Talk about being your worst enemy, huh? 

A wise man once said, “a man is exactly what he thinks.” 

In other words, your way of thinking (your mentality) is who you are.

DON’T STAND IN YOUR OWN WAY

If you have a negative mentality, how will you be able to create a positive atmosphere to write in? Or how will you be able to create content that will produce a positive outcome?

Positive thoughts attract positive results while negative thoughts attract negative results. 

The “I can’t do this…..my writing is not good enough…..who will even read my posts…..” thoughts will completely block your mind from creating excellent content. 

Your way of thinking will either make you excel in your writing or it will serve you as the worst and biggest distraction when writing. So, what should you do?

STOP DOING THIS: 

  • Losing yourself to self-destructive thoughts.
  • Thinking that your writing is not good enough. Let your readers tell you otherwise!
  • If you are thinking negatively, don’t let those thoughts turn into words. Don’t express negativity. 
  • Letting others put your writing down or tell you how to write. If you created your website and paid for it, guess what? it’s your blog! No one can tell you how to run it or what to write about. 
  • Comparing your work to others. No one can compete with you to be a better YOU.
  • Surrounding yourself with negative people. Believe it or not, negativity is contagious. 

START DOING THIS: 

  • Read motivational/inspirational quotes on Pinterest to boost your confidence (follow my inspirational board, here!) 
  • Take a moment to consider the thoughts you are having – would you say all the hurtful things you say to yourself to another person? 
  • Apply the “fake it till you believe it” mentality. Trick your mind into thinking you’re successful until you actually believe it yourself. 
  • Challenge yourself to change your mentality for the better.
  • Surround yourself with positive people that are doing better than you – it will inspire you to be at their level. 

I hope you found these tips helpful and will implement them to avoid distractions while blogging.

Until next time,

Gabby

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Comments (3)

  • Greg

    October 1, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Great article pick I put my phone on silent. I put my headphones on put on some soft music and just focus.

  • Geraldine

    October 2, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Oh my God this is everything I face LOL. I’m so bad because I don’t have self control and I guess I’m not willing to give up my phone time but I know it’s the one big thing that’s distracting me from getting my blog posts done! I’ve been a lot better about it but omg this is super helpful hahaha. 🙂

  • The Newbury Girl

    October 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Wow you really nailed this list – was literally nodding my head in agreement because I get so easily distracted by nearly everything on this list lol! I think entertainment (YouTube) and social media are my biggest distractions!! This makes me want to shake up my habits and be more productive!!

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