Well, it’s been a little more than a minute. I’m the Queen of Procrastination, and that’s a fact. It’s been hard to get back into blogging again. There are always excuses for putting a delay on making a post–I’m not feeling well, I’m not inspired, or, to be completely honest, I simply wanted to escape into my own head for a while to figure out some things. All of those excuses are real and I’ve spent my time away wisely–enjoying moments with family, redirecting my personal goals and dreams, and resting while binging on The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange is the New Black, and old E.R. episodes from back in the day.
During my ‘down time,’ I took a break from participating in most social media and watching YouTube. The surprising effect has been extremely positive. I’ve found alternative artistic outlets to express myself and have become much more calm and relaxed. I haven’t been getting the sensory overload from political opinions and the arguments which inevitably follow. I’m no longer a part of the repeated requests to join someone’s Patreon page, others trying to sell me stuff, or call outs to help with funding with this or that–it’s exhausting being a marketing target. I haven’t been inundated with inspiring memes with misspelled words, photos of abused animals and children, and ‘like and share if you love God’ posts. My Facebook page is full of these things, though–some I have personally shared–but taking a break from it all has given me a unique and fresh perspective. Not only is social media a major time suck that cripples my productivity, but it drains my positive and creative energy. All of the social platforms have a time, place, and purpose in our world today, but that doesn’t mean I have to spend hours and hours in the vacuum it creates. My goal is to simply keep up with the activities of my family and friends, and I’m experimenting with limiting my exposure per day. We’ll see how it goes. After all, those precious minutes are ones I’ll never get back, so I have to spend them wisely.
As a result, I’m currently hanging out catching up on my beloved blogging friends (I’m sorry I’m so behind), writing off-grid for my own personal goals, spending face-to-face time with friends and family, doing some artsy stuff, and actually living our full-time RV life to the fullest.
Have you limited your social media time? Is it just the introverted me that finds it draining, or am I just being snarky? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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