I absolutely love the internet. It is like having a extensive personal library right under your fingertips. I love being able to do research on the fly but it can also be very distracting for a procrastinator like me.
My personal internet Time Vampires (websites that take way more of your time than you originally intended) are Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and icanhascheezburger. Even WordPress is starting to become a time vampire of its own, they are so many great blogs! I often find myself reading one blog, then another and then suddenly I am finding I have not gotten anything done and it is two hours later.
What do you all do to battle these ruthless time suckers?
I have made a conscious effort to keep off those websites if I am settling in to do some work. It has been really hard, especially ignoring Facebook but I have gotten better. I also make sure to set aside some time so I can goof off on the net. I have found some of the most amazing things by stumbling upon them completely by accident. These all contribute to feeding my hungry brain and giving me inspiration. I think it all comes down to something that can basically be applied to anything in life: finding the right balance.
I know for me personally I am at my creative best when I can immerse myself in other creative outlets like photography, art, music, and movies. History and mythology fascinate me and some of my best ideas have come to me after being inspired by some Greek myth or an obscure Japanese fairy tale.
Letting the writer in me over rule the searcher and knowledge hunter is definitely a daily struggle. Even if I had all the time in the world, I probably would have this daily fight. Now I just have to perfect my balance of creative inspiration and working on existing projects.