*On May 10, 2014, my family and I embarked on a 100 Day Family Challenge to limit our screen time. To get all the details, visit the first post in this series HERE.
Well, we are officially 3/4 of the way through our 100 Day Family Challenge, and I must say, it’s going very well! We are still making a valiant attempt at cutting back on our screen time, including the computer, the TV, and, most importantly, our smart phones. I have begun to notice, however, that it’s all too easy to slip back into those old nasty habits.
You know what’s really difficult for me? A lot of my friends will now text me to notify me that they shared something with me on Facebook, and they want me to check it out. It kills me, you know?! They know I’m taking a Facebook break, yet they find a video or something that I might enjoy and they share it. And my gullible self stumbles over to Facebook to watch the latest funny video, then logs out without commenting or liking.
I hate it. I don’t want to be on Facebook at.all. but it’s so hard these days to get away from it completely.
I found myself popping on a couple times to stay in the loop on blog stuff with my blog tribe, since we were making plans to meet for dinner while they were in town for Haven Conference. It was just easier to talk to all of them in our Facebook group, rather than try to email six people and coordinate schedules and swap phone numbers. Oh Facebook, why do you make it so easy to stay connected! Ugh.
I will tell you a little secret, though. Since I’ve been away from Facebook for the better part of 75 days, I decided to pop on while nobody was looking and drastically reduce my friends list. I deleted almost 100 people! It felt so good, too! The way I see it, if I see you regularly, like in real life, then we don’t need to be Facebook friends. I don’t need that much of you, and you sure don’t need that much of me. If we are “friends” only on Facebook, but we never hang out, never talk, and haven’t seen each other since, I dunno, third grade, then yea, you’re deleted. No point in having you there. It’s nothing personal.
As we wind down this 100 day challenge, I’m trying to really focus more on eliminating or reducing the “noise” in my life. (And I don’t mean the blaring tunes of 5 Seconds of Summer that comes from my daughter’s bedroom, although I’d LOVE to eliminate that noise completely!) I mean noise as in distractions – those things that just pull my focus and attention away unnecessarily – like lame TV shows (no, DIY Network doesn’t count. I’m learning, y’all!), time-sucks like Facebook friends who aren’t really friends (Oh look, you checked in at the grocery store! Good for you for being a responsible adult), and texting when a simple (and much more personal) phone call will do.
My husband was wrapped up in a deck build for over a month so he seriously limited his screen time, but now that it’s complete, I’ve noticed that he watches TV way too often…just like before the deck project. It’s a process, y’all, and it ain’t easy. I’ve been going easy on him, though, because he really does deserve a break after working so hard on that deck. Besides, all he really watches lately is “Decked Out” and “Disaster Decks”. (Decks on the brain? I think so.)
The hardest part for me, honestly, is the fact that I can tell my blog numbers are suffering. Staying off of Pinterest and Instagram completely has limited my reach for all of my posts, but I’m not stressing about it because I just enjoy blogging, regardless of the numbers. (I have a whole blog post coming soon about all those numbers and stuff, just y’all wait.)
We’re almost to the end of our challenge, and the end of our summer, and before we know it, life will be blazing by at the speed of light yet again, and schedules will be packed with school events, so for now, I’m going to really try hard to enjoy the last bits of peace and quiet in our household.
Are you having any luck relishing in the summer slow-down?