Taking a break

This weekend I took a break from social media. You could call it a twitter and blogging detox. Since becoming self-employed, twitter’s been my social playground. I’ve had so many fun conversations and even made friends through it.

But, and here’s the big but. I was starting to develop the early signs of an addict. The same symptoms when I don’t have my morning coffee within 30 minutes of waking. I recognise the same impatient twitching and pointless hyperactivity. In the case of my social media -holism, it’s checking blog stats far too regularly, scouring my twitter timeline for chit-chat, and checking my email inbox every 30 minutes.

It’s distracting, disrupting and, finally, destructive. My work was suffering, and I felt that I wasn’t doing any one thing particularly well. So this weekend, I forced myself to detox. The detox was actually part of a bigger picture – I was feeling ground down, unable to focus and running on empty.

If you feel a little like that, then I suggest you watch this talk by Tony Schwartz.

Reminder to self: It’s not a marathon. Always give yourself time to renew and replenish.

4 Comments

  1. That sounds a lot like me! It’s hard when you are at home and I have had times when I’ve been exactly like that with stats, twitter and emails. And I often think that If I put all that time into something else, it would be a lot more productive! I now try and limit the time I spend using social media and it is definitely helping!

    • I’m going to have to do that too. It’s amazing how it starts to run your life without you realising!

  2. I did the same this weekend. I went to London for a ‘kid free city fix’ and a twitter/blog free weekend and feel better for it. I felt like I was getting a bit obsessed and I agree it’s not healthy! I too will try to limit my time. I haven’t got a smart phone at the moment but will be getting one when we move to the UK and I really don’t want to be on it all the time. I met a friend for lunch the other day that I hadn’t seem for 6 months, there was a group of us and she spent the whole lunch on her IPhone. She was oblivious to the fact that she was actually being bloody rude! It was a lesson learnt. I will not become so attached to a smart phone I lose the ability to just chat normally rather than virtually!

    • It’s really hard when you have a smart phone. Although I do think that I could survive not checking my phone for two hours while having lunch with a friend!

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