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Technology break

Last Saturday I spent most of the day away from the computer and my iPhone. It was such a nice feeling not to feel the need to check Twitter, Facebook, etc. every hour or so. I don’t know why I feel the need to check it so frequently other than it’s a habit.

I’ve decided this Saturday I’m taking another break from technology. I’d love to do dedicate an entire weekend to this, but I’m not sure I can do an entire weekend. Saturday I’m attending a portrait seminar provided by a local photography meetup group and later in the evening I’m going out with friends to a show and to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Needless to say, it won’t be difficult staying away from my phone and computer that day.

I’ve been staying home lately because my budget is tightening up and the internet has been my source of entertainment. I’m feeling worn down, and since having internet at home again my sleep schedule has been screwed up. There were times when I didn’t sleep well before but it’s definitely heightened. I just assume it’s due to staying up late working on homework (online), or mindlessly refreshing random social media sites, or other sites that I’m not really getting anything from.

After receiving a bill from AT&T for almost $140 (AT&T loves me because they can always count on data overages from me!) I think that’s encouraged me to cancel tethering on my phone after this billing cycle is up. I went to libraries before when I needed to do things I couldn’t do from my phone so I can do it again. I’ve been thinking more and more lately about getting rid of one social media site so I’m less distracted and actually doing something worthwhile with my time. Really the only one I could part with would be Twitter. I use Facebook to keep in contact with many people and Twitter seems to be getting my rants. I’d eventually like to convert to Google+ and use that in place of Facebook but we’ll see how well that catches on with friends.

I really need to get my goals in order, and figure out what’s important, and figure out what’s next for me. Maybe that doesn’t require me to delete anything but self discipline isn’t one of my best traits. We’ll see…

I’m curious to know how you all manage to keep your focus when we’re living in a distracted and multitasking society. Please share your tips so maybe I can try them out!

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2 Comments

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    Nick
    July 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    I just organized my twitter into lists, and cut down who I followed, that helps a lot.

    Facebook I just check people’s statuses from time to time but that’s about it. I would delete my facebook account but it is impossible, your data stays there even after you “delete it”

    I am avoiding Google+, just feels like one more social media site I won’t ever use much

    I’d say what your doing is probably the right idea, a little tech sabbatical is needed once an awhile., it helps refocus your mind/thoughts and gets you out of multi-tasking overdrive.

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      Pam
      July 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      Nick, those are all good ideas! I’ll have to try them out! On an unrelated note, when did you get the new site? I love the header (the hulk and you) – did you make that yourself?! If so, awesome work!

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