Wow, I’m at week 8 already! Seems like the time is just flying by. With all the assignments that we have to do, I’m proud of myself for having made it this far.
This week, our challenge was to go without TV or social media for a week, in addition to continuing on our mental diet. Now going without TV isn’t an issue for me, because I don’t have local TV, cable TV, Netflix or any of those things. So I’m not addicted to any of those series that I hear people talking about: The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Scandal. Our TV is only set up to watch DVDs, and we usually only watch movies on the weekends, so it wasn’t such a sacrifice.
Facebook, on the other hand, is my link to the outside world. Since I moved from Florida to Alaska, I feel secluded and shut off from the rest of the world. I’m four hours behind East Coast time where all of my family and friends are, so when they want to call me I’m still sleeping, and when I’m finished with work, they’re going to bed. Facebook has been the best way to keep in touch with them, and see what they’re up to. So I thought this was going to be a very tough task.
Surprisingly, I managed to go the entire week without getting sucked in to the internet! When you use a computer at work and have to be connected to the internet, the temptation to sneak over to social media sites is ever-present. I’ve found that even a quick glance leads to a few minutes leads to a few hours, and before you know it, you’ve spent the better part of the day watching videos of cute dogs and cats and reading jokes or memes that people have posted. Stuff that is totally irrelevant to the workings of your day.
But I resisted temptation! And you know what? My life continued on as normal. Nothing earth-shattering occurred. The sun came up as it always does in the morning.
Now I can’t sit here and say that it was because I have strong will-power though. No, it was because this week I was moving my office from one location to another, and there was just so much to do to get things ready for the opening on Thursday, I just didn’t have time to waste surfing around on the internet. But it did draw my attention to the fact that I spend a lot of wasted time on Facebook, when I could be doing things that are a lot more constructive.
Obviously I can go about my life without being on Facebook, so I’m making a pledge to limit my time on the computer, and only go on social media when I need to post for my business and then spend maximum of one hour catching up with friends and family. My prediction: no one will even notice that I’m not on as much. How am I so sure of this? Because no-one, not one person, called me this week to say “Why aren’t you posting on Facebook?” No-one missed me, and come to think of it, I didn’t miss anyone either.
Another thing that I noticed about not being on Facebook? Because I wasn’t reading all the negative posts, I had much fewer negative thoughts, making it so much easier to stick to my mental diet! I still had to start over several times, but less often than before. WIN!!!