Do you anxiously await the dryer's end-of-cycle buzzer? Are you relieved when the phone rings, or someone bugs you with a question? Do you end up wasting hours hopscotching from blog to blog? I can totally relate. Chore that I normally dread seem compelling when I'm looking for excuses not to write. Then, I waste my most productive time when I first sit down to the computer. I have a couple ways to combat this:
I don't have wireless internet. I have to plug in. That way, if I just move to a different location in the house, I have no online distractions. Such a simple solution, but it works well. Yes, it would be convenient to check my email from bed, but seriously, I need to have some places in the house where I can't be reached by the long arm of the internet.
I try to schedule blog posts in advance. It's the days when I don't plan ahead that I end up stuck at the computer far longer than I'd planned. Michael Hyatt has an excellent post on how he writes his blogs. I've also heard advice to have a small stockpile of blog posts just in case there's an emergency or something else unexpected. Think of it as a savings account for blog posts.
I lock myself out. If I'm in a place where wireless is available (like a coffee shop), I turn on a program called Freedom, which locks my internet capability for the time period I've chosen. I posted about it here. There are other programs that do the same thing. I also like Dr. Wicked, which encourages only writing.
As far as the chores go, I'm trying to save those for the afternoon, when it's harder for me to write anyway. And I try to use that time for brainstorming plot and character ideas, so I'm getting something extra done, too.
And now it's time for me to get back to writing! How do you keep from getting distracted by chores or online surfing?