Well I made it, and it wasn’t really as hard as you would think! I say that knowing full well that a couple of weeks is not a long time in the slightest!
I started off feeling a little bit lost, but the feeling only lasted a day at the very most, I quickly forgot about wanting to check things on Facebook and Instagram and started to concentrate on what was happening in real life. Quite refreshing actually.
I have to admit to still using my computer quite a bit for work things, so my first day was relatively normal apart from not checking social media sites, and I did stick to my rule of only checking my emails twice during the day, rather that always having a tab open with them pinging away.
My evenings certainly felt calmer without the constant interruptions of my tablet within reach allowing me to look up anything and everything that popped into my head as I would normally do. I have found that this habit is particularly bad for my concentration levels – my brain seems to be quite busy thinking of new things and if I pander to it by looking things up all the time I never concentrate on one thing for more than a couple of minutes.
I also started to unsubscribe to any emails that came through during my detox that really were not interesting or relevant to me anymore. I had got into the habit of just deleting any of these emails without reading them, but spending a couple of minutes unsubscribing has meant a much cleaner inbox which makes me a lot happier.
I did find that some social media type things on the internet are actually quite useful for business – obvious really I suppose – and even things like trying to describe to Brett what kind of central reservation I would like in the shop soon would have been so much easier if I had had access to the picture on Pinterest! Overall though, as Brett does the majority of the social media things for Saltmarsh and Samphire, I felt OK ignoring it for a couple of weeks!
My concentration levels didn’t miraculously increase – although they did slightly, and I was very pleased about that – and my creativity didn’t automatically go into overdrive, although I did do slightly more than I would have done had I been glued to my tablet! I wasn’t expecting miracles, so this was quite encouraging really.
I am going to try and use the internet in a more mindful way from now on – I hate just sitting there scrolling through pins or pictures on Instagram without really taking the content in. It seems a huge waste of time. So I am going to be more relaxed about how I use these platforms for myself (the business side of things will have to be slightly different) and only use them if I genuinely want to look at the content and not just as a reflex when I have more than 3 minutes to kill. I am also going to build internet free days into my week and longer detoxes more frequently – it was very soothing to switch off for a while from the constant clamour of everyday online life.
Sounds like a plan!
Have you been tempted to do a detox? What have you been getting up to while I was away?
I am in the mood to experiment! So I have decided to see what a media detox will do for my creativity, concentration and general well-being.
So for the next couple of weeks I am not going to use the internet – more specifically social media – this means
- No Instagram
- No Facebook
- No Pinterest
- No Youtube
- No mindless internet browsing
- No reading or writing blog posts
I am going to need to use the internet for all things Saltmarsh and Samphire related, so I will still be using our business page on Facebook for The Art of Everyday Photography group interactions, and I will still need to keep up to date with work emails. But I am going to be doing this in a much more structured way;
- I will only use the internet for business purposes on my laptop – my little tablet will be having a rest for 2 weeks (my phone is only a phone, so no internet there)
- I will be checking emails twice per day – once at 10am and once at 5pm (not having notification pings throughout the day seems wonderful to me)
- I will be using Facebook in a similar way and not mindlessly checking if I have a spare five minutes
- I am allowing myself to have access to my online banking if I need it too
Apart from that the internet is pretty much off limits.
I am really interested to see what this does do to my concentration levels – can I read again without the urge to reach for my tablet after 3 minutes?! Will my creativity increase without the pull of the internet – will I reach for my camera or felt tips, go out, move and create more without comparing myself to others?!
I have a feeling that my general levels of anxiety, frustration and self doubt might decrease – who knows? Constantly seeing other people’s “perfect internet styled” lives, what they have and what they do, can’t be great to compare your “normal” life to all the time.
I am going to keep some notes on my experiences, and I will aim to share them with you in a couple of weeks’ time (assuming I last that long!).
While I am away I am going to participate in Susannah Conway’s April Love project (although I won’t be sharing my photographs daily on the blog or Instagram as I had planned a couple of weeks ago) and I will show you some of the photos when I get back.
I am going to concentrate on Saltmarsh and Samphire, photography and dedicated me time (not time spend looking at other people’s lives and times).
I hope you all have a good couple of weeks while I’m away – see you on the 15th April!
It’s that time again! As part of Laura’s The Year in Books project over at Circle of Pine Trees I am going to share with you what I have been reading and what’s on my reading horizons for next month.
March seemed to be a slightly slower month – not just in terms of reading, but everything seems to have slowed down for me lately. (I am sure that mindless internet browsing is partly, if not solely, to blame – so I have a little experiment to share with you later this week.)
I managed to read one book in March;
I am afraid to say that I found it quite hard going, and I actually much preferred the musical (is that even allowed!? I am going with HELL YES!)
I found myself picking the book up, getting a page or two read and then feeling bored and distracted and putting it down again. Not great. But I am not going to beat myself up about it too much. Some books just don’t click do they? So let’s move on…
What does April have in store?
I’m not overly sure again to be honest – I seem to have gone back into a slight reading slump of sorts again – but that could be down to my magpie eyes and brain not letting me truly settle on any task at hand at the moment.
I am going to try and read The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield for Book Club this coming month;
I am trying to leave it as long as possible to read so I can at least try and retain some information about it for discussion on the night! And of course I am continuing on with my journey through Middle Earth and The Lord of the Rings too.
What are your reading plans for April – are you joining in with Laura’s Year in Books too?
I’m using my power.
Will you be joining in this evening? Let me know what you got up to!
We have our winners!
I will be in contact with you soon to sort out your places!
There is still time to register for The Art of Everyday Photography if you were not one of the winners this time.
We are starting on Monday (30th March 2015) and the course runs for 5 weeks – you will get emails Monday – Friday from me on different photographic topics, all for £40 (not too shabby even if I do say so myself!)
You can find more information and details of how to join me on this photographic adventure by visiting my online course page over at Saltmarsh and Samphire.
Hope to see some of you there!