Being a busy mum I don’t get much chance to read, so I thought about what I do read. Mainly it was Facebook groups, my friend’s Facebook updates, twitter, and a couple of online newspaper pages.
So I decided to unplug for a week. I’d reply to people, mainly because otherwise I’d come back to a confusing mess. But apart from that I wasn’t going to spend time surfing online.
What would happen? I worried I might miss something important in the news. More importantly, what if I missed something in a friend’s life? Oh no, how would the world survive without me?!!
Well, it appears it survived just fine; surprisingly!
Meanwhile I learnt some stuff:
It’s OK to let other people interact with you on Facebook and twitter, rather than make sure you are creating the interaction all the time.
It’s OK to take some time off when you’re busy and come back later.
By not surfing anything on my computer I was more up to date on my to do’s by the end of the week.
In fact I got a burst of energy and managed to give away a boot full of children’s clothes, find a nursery for Little Dimples, find a cleaner (yeeehaw!!!!), sort out my diary, buy and sell cars, make an exercise schedule for me and the big hairy northern one, and loads more things.
I get a lot of value from my online life, and I’m a big believer in making sure that I ‘give’ a lot too, but some aspects of it are less useful.
- The newspapers are very depressing.
- Some of the Facebook groups are not as useful as others.
- Using discernment about which updates to ‘like’ or comment on, massively reduces the amount of reading I do.
Have you ever tried to unplug for a week?
If you are busy I would really recommend it as a way of going cold-turkey, reassessing your online usage, getting more done, taking some time out and rethinking your priorities.
Go on, fancy trying it? Let me know what you think!