Today will be my last post until (at least) Christmas. I’m quickly realizing that so much of my business requires me to be online all the time – whether it’s blogging, responding to emails, editing photos, tweeting or instagraming (is that an acceptable verb yet?) or blog designing. Pretty much all my thoughts lately are in the form of blog posts and #hashtags. Last week, I got to the point where I thought, enough is enough.
My plan was to stick with it through the rest of this week before taking a break, but after last Friday’s events, I’ve decided to unplug earlier than originally planned. Nothing I say feels really important right now and I’d rather be spending this time with my family and friends. But in an effort to keep this post light, because I can’t take any more heavy.. I’ll continue with how this post was supposed to go..
This break will consist of: no blog, blog email account, or Twitter.
What I hope to get out of unplugging:
- Some clarity into how much social media is taking over my life and thought process.
- Insight into how I feel without it – am I calmer? Less stressed? Happier with myself and my own individual progress and accomplishments?
- A clean closet. Yep, I’m going to use some of the time that I otherwise spend blogging/tweeting to clean my closet.
- Additional time spent with family and friends to enjoy the holiday season and to be grateful.
I’ve talked a little bit about unplugging before and I thought this would be a good time to check in with how I’m doing on those small goals. In addition to the desktop rule, I’ve removed email notifications for both this blog’s email account and my personal account. This has been amazing and I have no intention of changing it back. No longer do I feel controlled by my emails. I check them when I want (which is usually still frequently) and respond when I have the time. Moving forward, I’m going to be looking for more small ways that I can reduce multi-tasking and increase focus like this.
Have you ever unplugged from social media? If so, how long did it last? What did you learn from it?