I installed this Chrome extension called “News Feed Eradicator” that replaces the Facebook newsfeed with inspirational quotes. And it’s been fantastic.
Take today for example; I’m sitting in a coffee shop procrastinating (as opposed to working on my second novel), and I start down my link click cycle of retardation. I open Facebook, but instead of seeing the usual feed of celebrity dick pics, it is empty…save this quote:
“Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.”
Wow. Right on. Thanks for the reminder Fakebook.
So I open my manuscript, edit one paragraph, and write this article, which is a different form of procrastination. But a far more enriching one that staring into the void of clickbait.
They say you are the sum of your five closest friends
This is pretty accurate. For many of us, the majority of our closest friends are the ones we speak to on social media the most often. I’ve always wanted to turn on that program and have my bestie say: “Tony. I believe in you, and your art. Keep it up! We’re all depending on your genius to inspire us. Now get back to work!”
Instead I am met with a feed of selfies, baby pics, and culture war outrage stories. The worst was the sidebar newsfeed that Facebook implemented, showing me world and celebrity gossip, all of which seems tailored specifically to ping my emotions and distract me from work. Now it’s gone to be replaced with:
“You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.”
Surround yourself with inspiration–whether that be from your media, or your friends. Bombard yourself with suggestions that lead you towards focus, positivity and productivity– rather than meaningless small talk and time wasting distractions.
Block your social media feeds. If your friends want to share something with you, they can text, pm or call. You have too much work to do.