Every week I put 2 days aside to write. I do most of my writing on a Monday and Friday. But the thing is I am absolutely terrible when it comes to self-motivation. I can spend hours procrastinating and putting things off. And it’s not just writing. It’s things like going to sleep, getting up. I may be awake but I’m not getting out of bed. Housework, making important phone calls, things like this. If it can be put off I will put if off, or at least delay it a little. But what is the one biggest thing that distracts me?
I know this year I said I would do and not say and for the important things I have been. I have booked in for a smear, I have set other things in motion and I’m trying to be more proactive than last year. But I still have an issue with the little things.
I doubt I’ll ever be that person who jumps up first thing in the morning. Or the one who wakes up 100% refreshed and ready to get stuck into the day. The thing is I just get distracted too easy. I go off on a tangent and before I know I’ve lost 3 hours of my life and I’m cursing myself and inability to focus and concentrate. I don’t exactly do myself any favours really do I!
So what is the one biggest thing that distracts me?
I was going to say WhatsApp. Honestly, I can get lost in group chats with my closest blogging friends and not resurface but, they also have lives and conversation dwindles. But it’s not the biggest distraction. Then I’m thought Grey’s Anatomy. I have a serious bona fide addiction and it is literally the only thing I watch sometimes. But no. I can get on with things whilst it’s on (I have already seen them all so I don’t need to concentrate it’s just background noise). It’s not Grey’s.
The number one biggest thing that distracts me is actually Facebook! And I bet I’m not alone am I? Who else can lose literal hours scrolling through their feed? The thing is, it’s not like I interact much on it. I rarely post on my personal page, I hardly ever go further than a ‘like’ too anti-social to comment. These days I even scroll past the hundreds of competitions littering my feed. Too lazy to even enter most of them.
My main issue?
It’s clicking links. I don’t mean those links taking you to god only knows where and end with you giving your details out or worse still have something posting horrible things to your page. I mean clicking on news posts, funny posts, the 10 best Friends quotes ever type posts. Know what I mean? Click bait and they get me hook line and sinker every time!
Late last year, my inability to not resist clicking almost ruined Grey’s Anatomy for me when I discovered a certain main character would be killed off. Still over 1 season before I was to reach that point and I was inconsolable. I vowed to never, ever click any of those bloody stupid spoiler alerts again. It lasted 2 hours until I done it again.
I’m sure you know, but the more you interact with a page, the more you see. So if I’ve clicked on ‘No 1 Spoiler Alert’ latest link, pretty soon more of their posts will flood my feed until I have all the spoilers I could want. But do I use this habit for good? To educate myself on the goings on in the world? No, I do it for fun. Taking part in inane questionnaires to figure out which character from Buffy I am most like! What am I? A 13-year-old girl? (OK I was 19 when my Buffy obsession started but still and I’m totally most like Willow)
What is most likely to get me to click?
There are many things that will get me to click. But certain things I am literally predisposed to want to read.
I will literally click the most ridiculous headlines on the Daily Star. Major new events too but obviously it’s the Daily Star so how much of it is actual news is questionable. The same for the Daily Record. Don’t ask me why but the Scottish Daily Record is a regular on my timeline too. Good for the fun stories too. If it’s about the end of the world or alien sightings/abductions, I’m there. I can’t help it and as for the ‘Elvis Is Still Alive’ headlines……… Well, you just have to don’t you. I love a good conspiracy theory.
Have you seen the seen the videos? Usually a motivational or inspiring person or an amazing new innovation or way of doing things. Usually, I’m like Woah! Amazing! Then end up watching more than that first initial video. Goodbye, the best part of the afternoon. I never happen upon these myself, usually having been shared on another page and show in my feed!
If it claims to be a natural way for healing most health issues/alleviating pain. I’m all over it. Educate Inspire Change. One of my favourite pages. Full of handy little tips like place this clothesline peg on your ear here to alleviate this ailment……. You can find all kinds of weird, wonderful and useful things on there. Sometimes sad like the 12-year-old girl marrying a 39-year-old man (100% click bait) to listening out for the signs from your guardian angel. Apparently yes, we all do have one.
Buzzfeed and Similar.
Anything that involves a headline such as ‘The worst 10 endings to a TV show ever’ or ’10 times we fell in love with McDreamy’ I literally cannot help myself. From one article I click to another, then another and before I know it I’m stuck on some awful site with so many adverts it takes 3 days to load one page. But do I give up? No sir, because I’ve only read 8 of the 10 best ever The Big Bang Theory Episodes and I have to know if the other 2 are ones I would choose! I know I have a problem what can I say!
So what exactly have I learnt on Facebook? That it is the one biggest thing that distracts me. And that the world is full of weird and wonderful stories that you seriously couldn’t make up! And just in case you were still wondering, no I don’t believe Elvis hasn’t left the building but it doesn’t mean I am right….or does it?