Old post RE-POSTED because I need the reminder and it's a good thing to think about as we are all seemingly getting busier.
In my post Dealing with Distraction Syndrome, I mainly covered the effect the internet has on our lives and our writing. Yet there is much more than just the internet that causes procrastination.
One (of the many) areas that can make a writer struggle is the intolerable attempts at trying to balance your writing life with...well everything else. That is not an easy task at the best of time, never mind when you're bombarded day and night with the chatter of characters.
When I started writing it was before social media and before every home had the internet. My parents never got the net while I was still living there and though I did get it when I moved out, the internet was a lot different than it is now. Chatting with friends was done via MSN …