After a rough start, I did it! I stayed offline for a week. It got easier each day, and by today I wasn’t even itching to get online.
So, what did I learn?
I learned that I go to bed several hours earlier when I am not online. Gaining those 2+ hours of sleep has been wonderful.
Being consistently away from the computer gave me TIME. Time to read (yanno, books), time to plan and throw a party, time to spend with my family.
What did I miss? Here’s what I wasn’t sure about. I missed googling things (and admit I had to bend and do a few, but just a few!, searches). I also really missed Twitter; I missed twitter a lot. But I also learned that I had let my time spent on Twitter become a bad habit.
And I missed reading your blogs. And again, although I missed it, I learned that I spent too much time with blogs and not enough time with my family, books, knitting, writing….
So although I really, really, really missed Twitter and reading blogs, my time doing both going forward will be less.
I will continue to write on my blog as well as on a new project offline. But my priorities have been readjusted. This is a good thing. And I hope my writing and my topics going forward reflect this new insight.
It’s so nice to have my fingers on the keys again! Oh, internet, you are an underappreciated friend!