Zadie Smith is a brilliant and productive human being
But, like all of us, she has a hard time resisting the Internet's siren song
Which is why Smith cuts herself off when she writes. "If I could control myself online, if I wasn't going to go down a Beyoncé Google hole for four and a half hours, this wouldn't be a problem. But that is exactly what I'll do," she says. "It's not some kind of high moral ground, it's that I so want to [write], that I just have to get it done. And everything else has to take a backseat."
If the phrase "Instagram feed" makes your fingers itch, ditch your smartphone for something low-tech
When your word processor is on the same computer that connects you to THE ENTIRE INTERNET, set some boundaries
When the problem isn't you, but your open office
Reading a good book can teach you how to focus like a writer
Meg Cramer is an audio producer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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