Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How to Have More Time: Take a Break from Twitter & Facebook

So after I made my New Resolutions of only checking Facebook on Fridays, I find this article in one of the blogs I read (yes, I'm a little behind on some of my blog reading as you can see this is from December 7th!)

This is from Simple. Organized. Life:

Do you ever log onto Twitter or Facebook at odd times and still see the same people online?

If you are truly interested in simplifying your life, getting rid of all the physical “stuff” only goes so far if you are just filling up your brain with a constant stream of noise and clutter. You need some virtual space too, and I am not talking about the RAM in your computer.

Think you will miss too much by taking a day off? Try it, just once. Do your regular Twitter and Facebook stuff one day and then take the next day off. When you log back in the day after, I can guarantee you that you won’t have missed anything of any importance. In fact, I guarantee the same people will still be there talking about the same topics.

***While I think it's good for people to be checked in and not completely living in their own world, I do think there are certain activities that can rob us from our time.  And actually, they don't "rob" us, we voluntarily give our time away.

As I've said, this year I'm trying to make sure my actions and in sync with my priorities.  And losing some much needed writing time because I checked Facebook and got lost in someone's vacation photos at the Happiest Place on Earth, really isn't helping my writing life.  And it's funny because I actually like Facebook and do not plan to quit it because I like how it keeps me connected with friends, family and writers.  

I'll continue to keep you updated on how my week of Facebook Fridays is going (I was on Facebook Sunday for my bday, which was fun).  But so far, I'm really enjoying the Facebook break!



  1. So true. I am trying to be more deliberate in how I use these tools (funnily enough, I'm teaching an English 110 class this term with a social media theme).

  2. I don't have a Facebook account and I don't think I'm missing anything and I've only twittered 300 times in however many years I've had an account. I keep my blog going as writing practice though and I use private blogs for document control on the two projects I'm working on. Lately I've been feeling anxious when I sit down in front of my computer. My anxious is telling me to get to work.

  3. To me twitter takes up more time. I have been staying away from fb lately- just to look and see what my Texas friends are up too, otherwise I lost interest in twitter when I joined the gym.

    Great post!


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