I am terrible at managing my time.
As a writer, this is a pretty terrible quality to have. Around a day job, friends, family, and life, good time management skills are essential to living out the writer's dream. Manuscripts don't write themselves. Characters don't just live out their stories without one of us sitting at the keyboard. Writing is, really, the art of self-motivation; of carefully constructing your day around work you know you have to do, but with no boss looking over your shoulder to keep you going.
And so, like most people with handicaps, I find ways to overcome. I set schedules to which I don't always adhere. I design reward systems to encourage meeting the schedule and topping word counts.
But it doesn't always work out. It's easy to be distracted by life, by social media, by our other responsibilities.
Except that I would turn it back on again. I'd think to myself, "I need to look up such-and-such for this scene," or, "I really should reply to so-and-so," and then forty minutes later I'd be tweeting and chatting and reading newspaper articles about Syria and my word count would still be hovering less than halfway to my daily goal.
So, I buckled down and spent the ten bucks to install Freedom. I will never, ever regret it. It doesn't let you cheat. You put in the time you want to work, uninterrupted, and it absolutely refuses to let you back online. The program won't even let you close it once you start the timer.
Setting it for even 30 minutes is still a novel experience for me: suddenly, I'm writing like a fiend again, with no distractions, and no interruptions (except that real life stuff that you sometimes can't avoid). The best is if I squirrel away my smart phone in my bedroom, and go to another room to write. The phone is just as distracting as a laptop!
Anyway, the point of my story is that if you're anything like me, and have a hard time managing distractions and scheduling time to write, sometimes you need outside intervention. It's all right. You don't have to feel self-conscious about it.
Freedom is there to help.