About a month ago, I took a break from Facebook. While I didn’t deactivate my account, I stopped myself from clicking onto the website or tapping the icon on my phone. When I first decided to make this choice, I didn’t know if I would be able to do it or if I would survive.
Certainly, I’m not on Facebook every second of every single day. I mean, I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother with two young kids to raise. I have a house to keep clean and organized and farm chores to do.
Not to mention, I have one novel to promote, the first (and soon second) round edits for my second novel that is gearing up for it’s November release. I just finished and submitted my third novel, and I have about 6 others I still need to actually write. 🙂 But, with that said, I am on there more than I probably should be (aren’t we all?).
During my “fasting”, I learned that Facebook is a distraction for me. Not a distraction from my responsibilities with my kids and home, but a distraction from my novels. Stuck on a sentence, go to Facebook. Stuck on a scene, go to Facebook. Purposely avoiding novel because I have writer’s block or I just don’t feel like opening up the document, go to Facebook. It’s irritating that I do it, and now that I know I do it, I can stop.
So what did I do for the day and a half I stayed away from Facebook. I wrote, and wrote a lot. And, it’s with this new-found discovery that I’ve decided every month, or perhaps every week, who knows, I’m going to break away from social media for at least one whole day.
Have you ever taken a break from Twitter and Facebook? How did you find yourself coping? And, did you discover that all of a sudden you had more time for other things?