As you may remember, I took a break from reading blogs and general internet procrastination for the month of October. I actually stuck with it for most of the month, although I did start reading blogs again a couple days before October ended.
It seemed like kind of a silly thing to make such a big deal about, but I have found that in some ways it’s had a big impact. I definitely don’t get on Facebook nearly as much as I used to, and I never put the app back on my phone. I just don’t miss it. I think my plan right now is to do a slow fade, and whittle my friends list down to like, family and people I actually care about keeping up with. The thing about Facebook is, it feels so mean to unfriend people when you don’t actually harbor any ill will toward them, but honestly I find keeping up with people through twitter and Instagram is so much nicer.
I have also found that I spend a lot less time on blogs, and I did prune those down to only blogs that I genuinely look forward to reading. It’s nice – I really like blogs (obviously) so it’s fun to be excited to read everything that comes through my feed.
Overall it was a really positive experience. I didn’t miss it nearly as much as I thought I would, and I feel a lot better about my usage. That being said, I am still pretty good at procrastinating, so taking a break didn’t solve that problem nearly as much as I would have hoped, although my procrastination does tend to take more productive outlets, like present shopping, or solving organizational problems.
I’m not sure how to wrap this up. This didn’t end up being life changing or anything, but I’m glad I did it, and I wanted to follow up, since I talked about it previously. I do think that being more intentional about the way I spend my time is something that I should continue to work on. It’s so easy to lose an hour on Pinterest, but is that really going to get me closer to my ideal life? Actually, probably yes, since Pinterest has a lot of awesome ideas and inspiration, but my point is that I’m kind of imagining my perfect day, and it doesn’t involve hours lost internet surfing. So, I should be conscious of that and try to curb that habit, and read a book or something.
If you have any great tips on how to not procrastinate, leave em in the comments. I am suuper bad at that, especially when there’s something I don’t want to do, and sometimes I wish I could just hire some stern looking person to sit in a corner and yell at me when I start to wander off my appointed task.