What I Learned From My Digital Detox
Hello there, Dear Readers! I am happy to ‘see’ you again. A quick post to report on the results of my digital detox. It was one of the most illuminating weeks of my life.
- I wrote 25,000 words in five days. THAT’s how much I could focus without online distractions.
- I read two books in three days, on top of all that writing.
- Of all the social media outlets in which I dabble, I missed Facebook the least. I haven’t logged in for over a week now, and I really don’t know when I will.
- I use the internet to procrastinate. A lot. Almost like a drug. I waste hours and hours on it a week, keeping up with useless things that absolutely Do. Not Matter. I returned with an online plan that will be tough to follow for a while, but I am determined to drastically cut my online time to things that matter to me. Period.
- Because I realized that I could write a draft of a novel in a month if I hunker down, I plan to work digital detox into my regular routine. I aim for one week per month………..we’ll see.
- The social media outlet I missed most was this community. I wondered what you were doing. I missed your comments. Several……no, LOTS of times, I cheated on my resolve not to be online. I read your comments to hear your voices, and I even visited blogs (though I could not comment or click ‘like,’ lest you catch me cheating on my resolve to be absent.)
It is time to focus on what matters.
Thank you for showing me what matters.
For being here when I wasn’t.
For fostering relationships amongst yourselves.
For making me a laugh or giving me a little gem of inspiration when I was stuck.
For everything you bring to my life.