When I made the decision to curtail my Facebook usage it was because I felt overwhelmed. I hoped that by limiting my time online that I would have more time to accomplish the things I needed to do.
This has led to a few surprises.
One, after the first few days I found myself not wanting to visit Facebook at all. I would go there, respond to a few friend requests and leave without the desire to check a single message.
As my Facebook visits lessened so did my visits to other websites. Now instead of learning about things from news websites I’m discovering them through the messages of friends.
I’ve hardly even been on Skype in days. If I need to communicate with someone there I hop on, send my message and immediately close out the program.
I kept Skype running in the background of my life for years prior to this.
About the only thing I access with any regularity now is my email. I open the program, delete the junk, reply to the important pieces and leave.
I used to leave THAT running as well.
The results in this change have at once been surprising and unexpected. My house is cleaner, but I don’t notice myself doing extra work.
My reading backlog has decreased. I’ve caught myself reading a lot more these days. At this rate I may be able to get to all of those old classics I promised myself I would read someday.
I’ve written more words these past couple of weeks than I have in a long time. Some of them are for my projects, others for my journal but words are words just the same and I’m thankful for the added productivity.
I’ve also made a discovery I never thought I would make. Well, not for me personally at least.
I’ve discovered that if it wasn’t for entertainment and our need for communication we could eliminate the Internet from our home.
I can actually see it as possible for my own personal life which is quite surprising. Katie – not so much!
However, we do use the Internet to operate our phones and for entertainment (not including my work) so I don’t foresee us canceling it anytime in the future. It is much easier and cheaper to use the Internet for these things than to go back to using their old-fashioned counterparts. It does feel nice to put the Internet in its place though!
Have you ever limited the time you spend on a particular website or online in general? Did you learn anything about yourself during the process? Please share your stories in the comments below.