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I can make you put your phone down

I can make you put your phone down I can make you, I can make you I can make you put your phone down

I can make you put your phone down As we cruise through the city I can make you put your phone down You ain't gonna text no one when you wit me I can make you put your phone down So you can show me attention

-Erykah Badu

Let me reel it back to the professional Welcome to the next installation of the URBAN AINT DEAD's Mental Reset Summer Series. Let's talking about unplugging from the all so powerful, all consuming beast known as social media.

Unplugging from social media can indeed be a beneficial strategy to increase writing productivity and minimize distractions. Here are some steps you can take to effectively disconnect from social media and enhance your focus on writing:

1. Set clear goals: Determine specific writing goals and establish a schedule for achieving them. Having a clear sense of what you want to accomplish will help you stay motivated and focused.

2. Create a dedicated writing environment: Designate a specific area for writing that is free from distractions, such as social media notifications or other electronic devices. Ensure this space is comfortable and conducive to your writing process.

3. Disable notifications: Turn off notifications on your smartphone, tablet, or computer to prevent constant interruptions. By eliminating these alerts, you can reduce the temptation to check social media frequently.

4. Use website blockers: Install browser extensions or applications that block access to social media websites during designated writing periods. Tools like "StayFocusd" (for Google Chrome) or "SelfControl" (for Mac) can help you restrict access to specific websites.

5. Establish a social media schedule: If completely disconnecting from social media seems too challenging, allocate specific time slots in your day for checking and engaging with social media platforms. This approach allows you to control and limit the time spent on these platforms.

6. Find alternative outlets for relaxation: Social media often serves as a form of entertainment or relaxation. To replace these activities, consider pursuing other hobbies or engaging in activities that help you unwind and clear your mind, such as reading a book, going for a walk, practicing meditation, or pursuing a creative outlet.

7. Hold yourself accountable: Share your writing goals and intentions with a friend, family member, or writing group. This external accountability can help you stay committed to your writing tasks and discourage the urge to engage in social media distractions.

8. Track your progress: Keep a record of your writing accomplishments. Tracking your progress can provide a sense of achievement and motivate you to continue writing, thereby reducing the desire to divert your attention to social media.

Remember that unplugging from social media doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing approach. You can experiment with different strategies and find what works best for you. The key is to create an environment that supports your writing productivity and minimizes distractions.

If you are still humming the tune from earlier, you can enjoy it below.

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