Turn Off Your TV and Write Articles!

You May Be Turning Off Your Screens, But You’ll Be Turning On Your Life!

It’s Screen-Free Week! Also known as Digital-Detox Week and TV-Turnoff Week, this is an annual international event to encourage everyone to turn off their screens and “turn on life.”

Consider how much of your days are sucked up by constantly checking your text messages, voice mail, email, social media notifications, news feeds, so on and so forth – all because you just can’t bear to miss something. Then add that to the amount of time you watch television.

12 Hours (Maybe More) of Media per DAY

Last year, it was reported the time spent per day with major media by adults averaged 12 hours and 5 minutes every day.* Granted, much of that may have been spent connected to devices while at work, but that only accounts for an average of 8.4 hours a day on a typical 5-day workweek. This means we spend the majority of our waking moments plugged in for professional and personal gain.

For all of those non-work related media devices this week: Turn. It. Off.

We promise: it can wait. Look up from your televisions, your smartphones, your tablets, and other devices in order to experience your environment and the relationships around you. Use this information to recharge your writing!

Pick 1, 2, or 3 Distractions and Pledge to Unplug

Again, it’s impossible for those of us whose businesses rely on online communications to completely unplug, but you can experiment by picking a few areas to turn off. For example, if Twitter or Facebook are your time vampires, then stop checking these for one week by not checking on your computers and even consider removing the apps altogether from your devices (you can always download them again once you’ve become more disciplined). Rather than binging for 2 hours on television, hang a note over it to remind yourself, “You should be writing!”

5 Tips to Distraction-Free Writing Sessions

Are your writing sessions plagued by media distractions – either by incoming notifications or the compulsory need to be up-to-date in real time? Here are a few tips to stay strong and get some powerful writing sessions in.

  1. Don’t put your phone on your desk. In fact, turn it off and “forget” it in the other room. For tablets you use to write, go into the device’s settings and turn off all notifications.
  2. Simplify. Is all of that gadgetry necessary? Is it for show? Just because you have the latest tech to write at hip coffee shops does not mean you’re a writer. The proof you’re a writer is the writing. If you can save yourself time by using a gadget, then do so. Otherwise, a pen and paper in an area conducive to writing productivity is your best bet to getting the job done.
  3. Stick to a writing schedule. Rather than writing whenever you can squeeze in an hour or two during your busy workday, plan ahead. Creating writing appointments with yourself and stick to them.
  4. Plan ahead. Break your writing session into 6 stages: Brainstorm, outline, write, revise, proofread, and submit your ideas. This will help prevent writer’s block as well as help you structure your writing sessions to write faster and more effectively.
  5. Don’t cave in. Practice self-discipline. If all of your bills and important information is online, then by all means plan 15 minutes every day to get online. Don’t stray by interrupting your writing session to do it. Stick to your pre-planned schedule and then get in and get out without stopping by and dawdling on a social media site.

Turn it off! You’ll find all of those hours that were drained by television and other media snap back into focus and you’ll make great strides using it to write. Rather than fill those quiet moments with your smartphone, tablet, or televisions, allow your thoughts to carry you away. Use that smartphone, tablet, or carry a small notebook to record ideas, notes, or observations. Your writing goals will thank you with great rewards later!

So how about it? Take the pledge: Share what you’ll be “turning off” to have a more productive and fulfilling writing week. Let us know in the comments section below – we’d love to hear from you!

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*eMarketer: “Digital Set to Surpass TV in Time Spent with US Media,” 1 August 2013.


Scolex Portal writes:

Things that consume my time nowadays are the games in Facebook. But I also some good plans why I play those games. I play them because I will write articles, tips or strategy guide of those games.

But of of the time, i’ve become more addicted to the game and forget about the bigger goal which is to write guides about the game.

Hopefully I can fix this practice and have a good use of my time.

Comment provided April 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM


Prasanta Sarkar writes:

I was on vacation for 3 weeks. After the vacation I can not concentrate on writing for last two weeks. It seems I can’t write again. I adopted a new habit of watching TV at home all day and night. I watch TV more than 5 to 6 hours. I can’t stitch off the TV without watching the full movie. And it goes on one after another.

In this situation I read the title of this article. And I realized that my goal is not to waste my precious time by sitting in front of the TV. I get motivation to write again.

Thank you very much Vanessa.

Comment provided April 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

Could not agree more. People have asked how I can write so many articles, as they never have time. Well, we all have the same amount of time, it’s how you leverage your time and what efficiency factors you use. I really agree with your blog post. Thanks.

Comment provided April 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM


pulau seribu writes:

awesome article you Vanessa, I really love to read, create lesson and motivate me,, thank you.

Comment provided April 15, 2014 at 10:20 PM


Rahul writes:

Really a great article these tips are not applicable for writing as well as also helpful for other purpose like study, research. We normally seen that our daily routine tasks get interrupted because of social media surfing, so these tips are very useful. Thanks to share.

Comment provided April 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM


Jude Armstrong writes:

Yes Holidays seem to slow the brain down, but I think that’s what they a for. Discipline when you get back and all these delicious tips to savour and put into practice. I personally love a quite undisturbed place to write. I have a little cosey caravan in the back yard, think I will turn it into a writing den.

Comment provided April 16, 2014 at 1:43 AM



Wow!Great advsiory but ended with call-to-action of writing articles through your templates.

Comment provided April 16, 2014 at 2:05 AM


Hi Mohan,

The call-to-action here is to dive in and take the pledge to ‘unplug’ this week, so how about it? What will you be doing to unplug?

The templates are an added benefit that will help you focus and get started on your writing this week if you need the little nudge to do so. ;)



Ritesh Agarwal writes:

Vanessa, you have said what is largely understood but seldom followed. The key is discipline. We all know how procrastination and dilatory tactics help us to stay away from writing. We are only too happy to cover up our follies and blame ‘writer’s block’ which is nothing but lack of discipline on our part. Good article :)

Comment provided April 16, 2014 at 2:11 AM


Vikki Ellison writes:

Outstanding article. Thank you for sharing these tips. Simple, yet very profound. I will be “turning off” Youtube and Facebook while I’m at home, and using that time to pray, to think, and to write. Thanks again!

Comment provided April 16, 2014 at 7:05 AM



In addition to avoiding distractions, an actual desire to succeed and commitment to focus are first and foremost.

Comment provided April 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM


Randall Magwood writes:

When writing my articles, I actually like listening to music. Puts me in the mood for some reason as opposed to just writing in dead silence. It’s funny though… i can’t do it when watching TV, but when i put my headphones on and listen to the songs on my computers… i write like a champ.

Comment provided April 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM


Paul Marshall writes:

Great insights and tips Vanessa. I suffer really badly with procrastination, and never write enough. I agree with you on self-discipline and scheduling just haven’t got round to it yet….. but I will.

Comment provided April 21, 2014 at 8:33 AM


Gracious Store writes:

Thank God there is someone thinks is sometimes necessary to “unplug”

Comment provided April 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM


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