Things I am doing instead of Facebook

  1. Baking. So much baking. We’re all going to weigh a million pounds, but my house smells amazing.
  2. Blogging. When I actually bother to write here, people show up to read it.
  3. Reading. My Overdrive and Kindle apps have been getting a real workout. Here’s a partial list of the books I’ve devoured in the last couple of weeks: The Sorceror’s House by Gene Wolfe, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Constable & Toop by Gareth Jones, Armada by Ernest Cline, Heat Wave by Richard Castle…
  4. Writing. Aside from blogging here, I’ve gotten at least a few thousand words down on three different fiction pieces, including another flash fiction story.
  5. Sleeping. Without hours a day scanning all the crises and tragedy in my newsfeed and trending topics, the suffocating weight in my chest has gone away. And without that, I can get to sleep easier.
  6. Parenting. I’ve had lunch and hung out watching Gotham with my college-student son. I’ve gone camping and hung out watching Once Upon a Time with my middle school daughter. Just hanging out and talking with your kids is an important part of parenting I was sort of skipping.
  7. Thinking. My biggest revelation is that I was using Facebook to zone out and avoid thinking about things. Not necessarily bad things, but difficult, complex things. I was using it to put off making necessary decisions. Which is a bad thing, people. Decisions you don’t make have a way of making themselves, and usually not for the best.

I probably will continue the Facebook break for the rest of October at least.  That means more blog posts, more book reviews, and maybe (fingers crossed!) a book or two completed in draft.

What about you? If you suddenly had 2 – 3 more free hours a day and a 30% increase in energy, what would you do with it?

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    *like* 🙂

    I really really need to take a step back from Facebook. Unfortunately, it’s also a big part of my support system, keeping in touch with friends and faraway people I want in my life, so that makes it difficult to do. Especially when I need that support right now.

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    I don’t check it and don’t miss it. I keep up on my brand page but I am not in any way going to go back to my personal page/news feed. Too depressing/angry/irritating. I just can’t do that day after day. It wears a person down!

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    Kat, now I feel a bit ridiculous. Two people whom I admire –you and Jessica –have cut the Facebook cord and feel better for it. I’m sure I would too, as it usually drags me to places I don’t ever want to go. Aside from keeping up with faraway people, I use Facebook to find content for my business page. I’d LOVE to let go, but I’m not sure how.

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