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Disconnected: Have You Ever Taken a Social Media Vacation?

WOW! Thank you everyone so much for your support on my post yesterday! The decision to give up Twitter/Tweeting/FaceBook was not easy at all ” I’ve been thinking about it, and have been considering the pros and cons for quite a while. Of course the pro’s far outweighed the cons ” who cares if my Klout score drops? Who cares if it means I ‘m not approached for as many blogging Ã…”opportunities  anyways?

So yesterday was day 1 of living without data/wifi on my phone. My day certainly seemed quieter, and more relaxed. There were no Ã…”urgent  personal emails to answer, and no Ã…”urgent  tweets to respond to. By having the data turned right off on my phone I didn ‘t even KNOW if there was anything to reply to. It felt weird. But freeing at the same time.

I have to admit that I did turn the data on my phone for my lunch time run ” I have no idea if the iSmoothRun GPS app I use for running works without the data turned on. I had to use ALL the willpower I possess to NOT check my email/tweets/facebook. Holy moly ” it was hard! But because I didn ‘t waste time tweeting etc, I had more time to run:

Normally I can only manage to fit 5k in on my lunch, but without spending half of the time I’m changing tweeting about this and that, I ended up with more time, so I ran an extra loop of the park on my lunch.   Go figure: less tweeting = more running.

My evening with the kiddos (which is the BIG reason why I need to disconnect) went a lot more smoothly than normal ” When we first got home we had the usual fighting/melt downs etc. But that was because everyone was hungry. Dinner went well (less fighting) and I was able to enjoy some great conversations with my kids (and learn some stuff about their day that I ‘m sure I wouldn’ve heard about otherwise). Ie: Toddler Amber has a boyfriend toddler that she likes to hug at outdoor time at daycare? Eeeek! I am so in trouble when this cutie gets bigger:

Out for a walk with Amber

After dinner we had a great walk which turned into an unplanned run… I had to chase my oldest daughter and her friend all around the block as they rode their bikes, not once but TWICE while I pushed Amber and my middle daughter, Brooke in the jogger.     The bedtime ritual was also a bit more relaxed, and less rushed because I didn ‘t lose track of time playing around on my iPad. I even had time to cuddle up and read with the girls ” hooray!!

I ‘m not sure I feel less stressed or rested yet, but I certainly felt less rushed, and I felt like less things were competing for my attention. I do openly admit it was hard ” I kind of feel like an addict going cold turkey … Perhaps in a way I am?

Have a great day everyone!

Question/sharing: Have you ever taken a social media vacation?

ps – Please congratulate Rebecca for winning my LUNA Fiber Bar Giveaway – Congrats Rebecca!

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  • @twinsistersrun
    May 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

    We’ve taken social media vacations…it’s great to take a break every once in a while! 🙂

    • Janice
      May 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      It’s been fantastic! I’m even sleeping much better!

  • Heather
    May 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I am going to be forced to take a short vacation b/c I go on a cruise tomorrow and am not paying for wi fi! It will be good to unplug. BUT, since I work from home on my computer I can’t stay unplugged long or I wouldn’t have a job for long!

    • Janice
      May 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Have a fantastic vacation! Try to sneak in a workout, a beer and a massage for me, ok?

  • Yellow Haired Girl
    May 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    The only time I ever take a social media vacay is when I go camping and have no cell service/wifi. It’s really nice to be “present”, and actually see what’s going on around me. I always think I’m aware of everything, participating in conversations … but the truth is, my phone gets in the way. I really need to do it more often!

    • Janice
      May 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      I agree – being present is what matters most!

  • Rachel
    May 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Yay! I am SO happy for you! Yes, I have taken a break from social media… but I always get sucked back in. Compared to 2 years ago, I am totally not online as much as I was back them. And I am totally okay with that 🙂

    Great job relaxing and focusing on your priorities … unplugging… and resting 🙂

    • Janice
      May 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      It’s definitely been eye opening – I didn’t realise how much I was missing out on.

  • Lisa
    May 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Sounds fantastic! And you have a good reason to disconnect.

    I’ve been feeling the need to disconnect entirely. I think I might start taking weekends off from social media entirely. I know it will be hard (how sad is it that I’m THAT addicted to my iPhone?).

    Recently I was on vacation in Vegas and I was 98% unplugged for 4 days. I just stopped using my phone. I think I made 2 or 3 updates on Twitter/FB that entire weekend and it felt wonderful!

    • Janice
      May 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Oh I love Vegas! The hubs & I were married there. For me the evenings is when disconnecting matters most. Family comes first,though I admit it’s taken me far too long to learn that.

  • Greta Novak
    May 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I have never taken a social media vacation! Huh this will be hard…
    But you have a point. Will be very healthy to take one once in a while.

    • Janice
      May 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      It’s definitely taking some getting used to, but it’s been a very nice break.

  • Deanna
    May 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I need to do this! Gotta be more present…starting Tomorrow…gotta finish my draw something games! Ha!

    • Janice
      May 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      I’m totally googling “draw something games” right now…

  • Amber K
    May 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Every time I’ve gone on vacation I have had to take a total Internet break since I don’t have a smartphone. It feels great while I’m on the vacation, but whenever I come back I feel like I have a ton of e-mails, articles and blogs to catch up on!

  • Weight Loss Trainer
    May 7, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I think I need a huge break from the internet in general, not just social media!

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