Our internet kept getting slower and slower, and then POOF – it was gone! We were told it would be repaired in five days – FIVE DAYS!!! My first thought was I have so much to do in the next few days. Then I reframed it and decided to see what I COULD do with no distractions. It was such an amazing experience that I pushed on through and did it for a total week.
First, let me say – I rarely use my phone for social media. I was determined to keep this practice in place.
The time had come for me to do without social media at a moments notice. I discovered I felt more present and productive than I have in – well, I don’t know how long!
What did I accomplish?
- I hand wrote an outline for three upcoming blogs (of course, this is the first one) and I outlined an upcoming newsletter. (My handwriting stinks!)
- I organized my music. If you aren’t familiar with my work, I am currently working on a series called DO YOU SEE WHAT I HEAR? Every piece of art I create is based on a song that I also learn to play. I had pieces of music all over the place. I began putting them into one binder – and then I sat down and played.
- I walked 46 miles. I am a walker, but usually walking around 30 miles a week. Before you start thinking I was just wandering around, know I am a big believer in the connection between walking and creativity. I actually wrote a blog about this that you can see here.
- I FINISHED 18 PAINTINGS!!!!! AND – on the eighth day, I finished 4 more!
- I had been playing around with making my series into a quest. I decided to go for it – I’m going to create a piece of art for a song that begins with every letter of the alphabet. But, I’m going one step further in this quest, I vow to write a blog about each and every song individually. This gives me the opportunity to explain the symbolism I use in the pieces and also share some amazing stories about the song itself. And, I’m going to learn to record playing them as I go.
I would call this a pretty productive week, wouldn’t you?
When the internet was restored, I looked up some statistics and it is staggering how it is taking over our lives.
In the US, 79% people check Facebook within 15 minutes of waking up, and most check it 14 times a day. In 2020, the US spent 1300 hours on social media.
I know social media helps us stay connected – which is rewarding. But there are drawbacks. It is so easy to get addicted to other people’s agendas.
While using it in moderation doesn’t cause significant issues. But, addiction does happen. In fact, I found a piece of research that for many checking social media is harder to resist than cigarettes and alcohol. What causes this?
- It’s so easy to access.
- It provides instant gratification.
- The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO).
- There is a tendency for some to compare themselves to others.
- Studies are showing the more frequently you visit social media networking sites, the more socially isolated you may feel.
Having balance in our lives is critical, and the time spent on social media should become part of that balance. Use social media time carefully. Realize what you are seeing is curated and edited many times – it is often not the real world. AND, NEVER compare yourself to others.
I will continue to use social media, but I decided I want to continue living my wild and wonderful life on my own terms. Not on the terms of the ” pretend world” that social media creates.
“What do you think?
Take a minute to follow my blog. That way you can see my quest develop over the remainder of the year. Also, it gives you a chance to follow another quest of mine – reading a book by an author from each state. Up next? Iowa and Bill Bryson.