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Are you struggling to find enough time in the day to write?

Are you frustrated by the number of hours that have swirled down the eternal void of social media?

No?  OK, maybe it's just me then.

So I'm making changes.

I came across the idea of digital fasting whilst listening to a podcast from the informative Joanna Penn and the idea immediately chimed with me.

Now, I'm the first person to be cynical about fads that promise quick fixes, but I also know a good productivity tip when I hear one.  And in my experience, Joanna Penn and her guests always know what they're talking about.

So I took out my gloriously non-connected, non-integrated pad of paper and my app-free pen, and I wrote out a daily timetable.  I now have a slot in which I'm allowed to check my social media.  And now that I know it will get done, I can forget about it for the rest of my day.

It's already wonderful.

And, since I've timetabled in a slot to post on my blog, I am actually doing it right now, instead of wringing my hands and worrying that I haven't blogged for a while.

Have I slipped up and checked my social media when I shouldn't?

You bet.  I'm not a saint.  But these transgressions were slipped into time when I couldn't really be writing anyway.  And each time I did it, I felt very aware of the time I was spending.  For instance, I didn't read lots of tweets or check lists or look at new followers – those are all things I'll do in my new social media management slot. I just posted a couple of tweets and left.

Over to You

Have you tried anything similar?

Or perhaps you have suggestions that will help others.  Please do leave a comment and you can be sure that I'll read it – tomorrow.

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