Monday, November 5, 2012

How To Avoid Getting Sucked Into the Void of the Internet

I saw an old friend yesterday, my partner for years of doing the Writers Camp for Kids. She wrote a cute children's book, Isn't It Great?  She is currently working on a non-fiction book about the Finnish Community in California, but is having trouble getting work done on it....as the hours just disappear.
I asked her if she got online.
Well, yeah, she has to for research....but then she gets lost and then the day is gone.
I suggested she avoid getting on the internet until she had done a certain number of pages each morning.
How do you balance your internet usage? How do you avoid getting sucked into the void?

4 comments:

wordmagic said...

I just love this post Jana. It's so easy to let a whole day get away when you go from one interesting link to another, and another. I have to force myself to stop! I believe using a timer can be very helpful. I promised myself I would buy one very soon, but haven't gotten round toit yet. congratulations on all your achievements.
My book, Hiding in a Cave of Trunks, is about to be released within a month. Very exciting.

EsterShifren said...

BTW, in case you haven't guessed—the post was from your friend, Ester.

Jana McBurney-Lin said...

Dear Ester,
So glad to hear from you...and so excited about Hiding in a Cave of Trunks. You've worked so hard on it.
Congratulations.

Jana McBurney-Lin said...

By the way, you would love US-China People's Friendship Association. There is a branch in Orange County, one in Long Beach, One in San Gabriel....uscpfa.org.

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