Personal Reflection

The Need To Disconnect And Connect

I feel the need to disconnect all the time, especially in a world where thanks to the internet or social media more specifically, we’re increasingly connected to each other.

Some days I’m better at disconnecting than others. Finding that perfect balance presents a challenge.

Recently, I’ve noticed I’m not able to concentrate as long as I used to.

I remember the good old days where I finished books in one day as I would sit down and read for hours on end. I went without interruptions or distractions for long periods of time.

But now I’ll read for about an hour, feel the urge to check my phone, and ultimately, give in to the temptation. Then I’ll get carried away on Twitter or Instagram. Before I know it, I’ve spent half my day on social media. Hyperbolic statements are part of Herminia’s brand. So is referring to myself in third person.

I realize I may not disconnect as much as I used to, but I do my best. It’s important to step away from the screen. My sensitive eyes appreciate it.

Also, I’ve gotten used to carrying my phone with me everywhere I go. Some days I wonder how I’d survive if I left my mobile at home either accidentally or intentionally.

It’s not easy to disconnect, at least not if you’ve grown up so connected. But the difficulty makes disconnecting that much more rewarding.

If you’re wondering where all this is coming from, I’m currently taking three media classes. For fun, I read a chapter of a book, which discussed how social media has changed our ability to connect and concentrate.

So lately I’ve been thinking about my relationship to media and how it affects my happiness, productivity, etc.

As of right now, I’m ready to disconnect and go to bed. I’ll connect or reconnect with the world tomorrow.

Writing

30 Questions To Ask Yourself During NaNoWriMo-Day 9

Don’t forget it’s the writing/noveling marathon today.

More details here: http://nanowrimo.org/writing-marathon

The question of the day is as follows…

Question #9

Do you need to eliminate any distractions? 

The word distraction can be defined easily.

Distraction = The Enemy. Simple right?

If it’s so simple then it shouldn’t be too difficult to eliminate them when we’re writing.

Here’s a step by step method to ensure you’ll be writing without any interruptions during NaNoWriMo.

  1. Cut the telephone wires. Or unplug them.
  2. Buy a WiFi jammer. Or disable your WiFi.
  3. Dunk your cell phone into a bucket of water. Or turn it off.

Obviously, I’m kidding. But if you can live for an hour or two without needless devices, your work time will be more productive.

Wait a second: who is your target audience?

I’ll go into more depth about audience on Sunday.

Have a great weekend writing and noveling!