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Turn Off the Television!

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I have a confession to make.
I'm addicted to television.
I'm a die-hard follower and fan of several shows current and ended. When I get home from work, I go straight to Netflix or cable TV. I even have a DVR set to record certain shows so I don't miss them when they air.
With that being said, I dedicate time to daily writing. It can be hard to sit down and get to work after a full day on the job, but I make it happen. It gets easier once I've started.
Unless I turn on the TV.
I cannot focus if I turn on the TV. Sometimes I trick myself into thinking that the background noise will help me; that it won't be overwhelming. "I'll turn the volume down," I tell myself. "I won't even watch. I'll just have it on." You know what? It never works. I don't get as much done when I have the television on--even if it's tuned into something I don't care about.
Some writers can work with the television on. The problem comes happens when you come home from work or school, turn on Netflix, and spend two hours or more binge-watching something instead of writing. We're writers, after all, and writers write.
 
Watching TV isn't writing. Commit to putting in some work before turning on the television. That way, you'll accomplish something and have the rest of the evening to relax, free of guilt.
How do you feel about writing with the television on? What distracts you as a writer?
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