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Chart the Time You Spend Checking Email, Twitter & Facebook

How often do you check your email, Twitter or Facebook while writing every day? You might be wasting more time than you think.

In a thought-provoking web comic (embedded above), xkcd charts the time spent performing brief tasks many times over the course of a single day. For example, if you check Twitter for 30 seconds 50 times a day, you will spend a total of FOUR WEEKS on Twitter over the next five years.

Is it worth it? These are tough decisions that all writers must face in a world filled with digital distractions.

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