Two weeks ago I announced I would be taking some time off from blogging. It’s only been a year since I started this blog and I have really enjoyed it. However, trying to come up with interesting topics to discuss and producing content worth reading can sometimes be a challenge. I also decided to distance myself from social media and e-mail. Read on to find out how things went!
I have to say it was a real challenge. I realized how much time and energy I spend on it every day. It seems some times that nothing is more important than checking the inbox, sending a tweet or commenting on a blog.
Well, I survived. The world didn’t come to an end and the markets didn’t collapse. I have to admit I cheated a couple of times and got back online for a little while. I did feel deprived and wondered what wonderful things were waiting for me out there. It is amazing what our connected world demands from us. I find it interesting that even though my phone number is on my email signature, I didn’t receive a single phone call during this time. I did get some text messages (thanks @Skropp2!) and my Facebook “friends” didn’t even notice I wasn’t there.
These are the lessons I learned while trying to get unplugged:
- There is real life waiting for you away from your screen.
- The world will not come to an end if you’re unplugged for any length of time.
- We have grown dependent to the instant gratification provided by our use of social media.
- You will feel more focused and energized and will be able to gauge the level of interaction you can handle.
Social media and technology can provide wonderful tools to serve many worthy causes; we should make sure they serve us and not that we serve them.
Questions for you: Would you be willing to try a “digital diet”? How would you handle it?
Please like, share or tweet… Unless your friends are unplugged, then you can call them and talk about it.