WOW! Thank you everyone so much for your support on my post yesterday! The decision to give up Twitter/Tweeting/FaceBook was not easy at all – I’ve been thinking about it, and have been considering the pros and cons for quite a while. Of course the pro’s far outweighed the cons – who cares if my Klout score drops? Who cares if it means I’m not approached for as many blogging “opportunities” anyways?
So yesterday was day 1 of living without data/wifi on my phone. My day certainly seemed quieter, and more relaxed. There were no “urgent” personal emails to answer, and no “urgent” tweets to respond to. By having the data turned right off on my phone I didn’t even KNOW if there was anything to reply to. It felt weird. But freeing at the same time.
I have to admit that I did turn the data on my phone for my lunch time run – I have no idea if the iSmoothRun GPS app I use for running works without the data turned on. I had to use ALL the willpower I possess to NOT check my email/tweets/facebook. Holy moly – it was hard! But because I didn’t waste time tweeting etc, I had more time to run:
Normally I can only manage to fit 5k in on my lunch, but without spending half of the time I’m changing tweeting about this and that, I ended up with more time, so I ran an extra loop of the park on my lunch. Go figure: less tweeting = more running.
My evening with the kiddos (which is the BIG reason why I need to disconnect) went a lot more smoothly than normal – When we first got home we had the usual fighting/melt downs etc. But that was because everyone was hungry. Dinner went well (less fighting) and I was able to enjoy some great conversations with my kids (and learn some stuff about their day that I’m sure I wouldn’ve heard about otherwise). Ie: Toddler Amber has a boyfriend toddler that she likes to hug at outdoor time at daycare? Eeeek! I am so in trouble when this cutie gets bigger:
After dinner we had a great walk which turned into an unplanned run… I had to chase my oldest daughter and her friend all around the block as they rode their bikes, not once but TWICE while I pushed Amber and my middle daughter, Brooke in the jogger. The bedtime ritual was also a bit more relaxed, and less rushed because I didn’t lose track of time playing around on my iPad. I even had time to cuddle up and read with the girls – hooray!!
I’m not sure I feel less stressed or rested yet, but I certainly felt less rushed, and I felt like less things were competing for my attention. I do openly admit it was hard – I kind of feel like an addict going cold turkey… Perhaps in a way I am?
Have a great day everyone!
Question/sharing: Have you ever taken a social media vacation?