Saturday, December 11, 2010

Distracted and Considering an Internet Fast

Jenn here.

In the last few weeks I've been so distracted. I'm struggling to concentrate on any one particular thing. A lot is going on and sometimes I just want to retreat in a cave, or my bedroom, and read and sleep, read and sleep, read and sleep. Of course, that isn't possible, so I keep getting up each morning and jumping into my responsibilities.

It may be that I just need a break right now, which is why I haven't scheduled any book signing events or workshops during the holidays. Therefore, one would think that I'd be more focused and relaxed. My husband has been a huge blessing, taking care of most of the Christmas shopping for me while I work at work, and work on my writing projects. It's like having two jobs and so many of us do work 2-3 jobs.

The guilt hits me when I come home and all I want to do is rest and relax, but my husband and daughter want to play games, exercise or play the Kinnect, which wears me out. I think I need an energy pill--besides the vitamins I'm already taking!

We may not be working out in the fields from sun-up to sun-down or putting in long hours in factories like our ancestors, but somehow life seems to be just as busy. Perhaps we are busy doing nothing? I don't watch much TV, maybe one or two shows per week and one or two movies on the weekends. Are we becoming computer-aholics? If I'm not writing on the computer, I'm blogging, on Facebook, Twitter, checking email or doing something that will help build my platform--I hope.

Perhaps I should consider an Internet fast from all computers and Droids. This will be hard since I'm required to be on the Internet for my day job, but I could limit it to only my day job for one week. It would be nice to see if I'm able to find my focus again.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried an Internet fast? If so, what were the results?


  1. Hi Jennifer:

    I don’t believe the internet is the problem. I think priorities are the problem. Every time I try to give something up, I still don’t do what I gave up the activity to do anyway. There is always something else that fills the vacuum.

    Like the saying goes: “Just Do It”. It’s better to knock things out of the way than give them up.


  2. A great way to think of it. Thank you, Vince. Hope you are doing well.

  3. Jennifer, it's impossible to keep up such a hectic pace for too long, it'll end in burn out. Unfortunately we have limits. If only we didn't need sleep. Imagine how much more we could accomplish. :) Don't feel bad about taking some vacation time. Rejuvenating yourself is so important. Enjoy Christmas and God bless.

  4. I'm trying to take on the "Just Do It" attitude and be quick and efficient about whatever the task is, not stop the task to do something else. I have constant interruptions - at home and work - so it is a challenge to finish what I've started.

  5. Oh, and Jenn, an Internet Fast may be good... I've seen others do it. I find internet and email eats up a lot of my precious writing time, and I'm trying to find ways to handle it all.

  6. Thanks, Eva. I don't feel guilty about the Internet fast itself, but about not answering emails and comments in a timely manner. I don't want people to think I'm ignoring them and that don't always read a general statement that I'm taking a break.

  7. Christy, I have tried the "Just Do It" method, I think it is the motto I pretty much live by, but even that can become overwhelming.

    I'm not sure how I could do the Internet fast right now, as I'm working with 6 different authors on 2 different novellas and finishing up a complete manuscript request for another editor. I may need the Internet for research.

    What I might do is not blog, tweet or get on FB or answer emails that do not pertain to my writing. That way I'm still fasting the other half of all the Internet stuff that tends to distract me and it might help me refocus, if I can discipline myself. But emails to and from my co-authors, my agent, editors won't be ignored and book orders that come through my website will still be handled.

  8. Jenn, I think that sounds like a good plan. I've just had a busy weekend and barely touched my computer. it was such a nice break. I pretty much took two days off of blogs, FB and even email. I checked email for anything important at about 6 pm Friday and I don't think i got back on until Sunday evening (although I did chat with some friends).

    So I say do it! Maybe check in once or twice a day for emails from editors/agent, but otherwise take a break.