Is cold turkey the way?
I started this month off with a grand plan to not engage on social media and to minimize my “reliance” on technology.
It lasted an entire day.
I was going to great things with all of the time that would be freed up by ignoring the many distractions technology has to offer. Exercise, meditate, yoga, write. More, more, and more of all that stuff.
It lasted an entire day.
July 1 didn’t count because I was driving home from Oregon that day.
I started July 2. I spent a few minutes on my phone, checking email and that was about it. I did some push-ups, sit-ups, and other exercises. I got ready for work early and got to work early. I did everything I could to ignore my phone during the course of the day and avoided the occasional visit to some of my go-to blogs/websites. All was good.
Then July 3 happened.
Hold on a sec … one of the things that was supposed to help is that my laptop lost the ability to connect to the internet. Without that handy dandy tool at the ready each morning and each evening, this was going to be easy. Right?
Wrong? There’s that stupid phone.
I got up the morning of July 3 with my usual hour to kill before getting ready for work … and … surfed the internet on my phone while an early round of Wimbledon played on the TV. No exercise, no meditation, no yoga.
And so it went for much of the rest of the week.
And then I unburied my old second generation Surface Pro tablet and discovered that it still worked … and connected to the internet.
And plus, to avoid the boredom of the daily routine I started looking at my phone throughout the day. Twitter, FB, WordPress, blogs … blah, blah, blah.
But I wasn’t going to comment or like or retweet or share. I was going to remain invisible.
Until I wasn’t.
And after less than a week, I gave up.
So, here I am back in the social media universe. While I was away, I barely wrote. I have started some meditation each morning with an app on my phone. Still need to figure out how to get yoga into my daily life.
But, I have yet to figure out how to minimize the technological distractions from my daily life.
The other thing I tried to do this month was eliminate beer. I managed to get through a whole week of that, but then there was that dinner out on July 8 and, well, what’s so wrong with a couple of beers after work?
So, there you go.
I’m still trying.
Every day is a battle between the things that distract me from what I should be doing and the things that are just … easier.
As with so much of my writing efforts in recent years, I am definitely a work in progress.