On Monday over at the Dreamlab we were asked to identify a “numbing behavior” and cut it out for the week. Well I don’t know about you, but for me that’s definitely Facebook and mindless web-surfing. I could noodle around on the internet for hours (and frequently I do). To say that I wasn’t really thrilled at the idea of giving up Facebook for a week would be putting it mildly. To be honest, it totally freaked me out.
Knowing that cutting it out would end like every diet I have ever started, I decided to commit to cutting back instead. I came up with a Clever Facebook And Internet Time Management Strategy. It involves Mr. Chicken.
Okay technically I guess that’d be MISSUS Chicken, but ’round here we don’t believe gender is binary and Missus Chicken is definitely a Mister inside. Let me tell y’all, you do not want to piss Mr. Chicken off. That beak looks lethal. Right? Most terrifying chicken ever.
Initially I felt anxious and worried. I felt like I might miss something important. It has been hard not logging back in. I failed miserably yesterday – though I made myself log back OUT each time. To paraphrase Youngest Offspring, this failure means I should persevere. Actually what she said was, “This is indicative of a larger problem, crazy internet addicted lady.”
And I will. Because despite the massive amounts of freefloating anxiety about THE WORLD OF FACEBOOK GOING ON WITHOUT ME (!!!) I actually have felt more focused and had more mental space for ideas. I feel nourished by that. Facebook? Facebook is like a ginormous cream filled internet snack cake. It is not nourishing.
I really like getting stuff DONE.
I also like snack cakes a lot (like, late at night hiding behind the pantry door, when no one is awake, so they cannot mock my Hostess cupcake consumption), but I digress. I mean to say that moderation is good.
The other thing I’ve noticed? A lot of that free floating stuff is easier to redirect when I’m being more intentional about my day. When I’m filling my brain with more nourishing things, I just don’t have the mental space or the time to chew on how I been done wronged or what’s pissing me off today or the 80 foot grasshopper behind Door #3. That doesn’t suck, kids.
So I’ll ask you. What do you do that takes you away from your life, the life you want to be living? What thing is it that eats up your life force and the hours in your day? And ask yourself, is it something you’d be willing to look at or make adjustments to?
Leave me a comment, let me know.
Oh, and? Quick shout out about this e-course over at Simply Rebecca called Encapsulate. It looks wicked cool, and it’s amazingly well priced. I got it for my sister in law, as a new baby gift. You might want to mosey on over there and check it out, if you like photography and have littles, it seems like a Do Not Miss kind of course. You should stay tuned here too, because there might be something shiny in relation to this course, posted on my blog, rather soonish.