I signed off of Facebook yesterday with the knowledge that I would not be logging back in for 99 days. I have many reasons for this but the most compelling is that I want to be more productive with my time. I find, particularly when I am home at night, I spend a ridiculous amount of time browsing through my feed, sharing content or responding to messages. I also peek in now or then during the work day. While each visit may be only a few minutes, cumulatively, over a day, they surely add up.
When I announced my plans, I had several friends express sarcasm and shock. Comments such as “Good luck with that” and “I could never do that” only strengthened my cause. I joked with another friend that I felt as if I was in a group of alcoholics who were urging me to drink to justify their own habit. I opted out and hopped on the 99 day wagon.
I will admit I felt the urge many times to check in on my friends. Each time I felt the need, I turned to my Kindle app on the iPad (currently reading three books) or started writing. While I am still tempted, I am encouraged. I am already spending my time in more productive way. I do miss my friends and such but my hope is that we can stay in touch (maybe even spend more F2F time together) via other methods. I do intend to return at the end of the 99 days. My dream is that when I return, I will spend less time there and more time on other projects that will have taken flight during my hiatus.
To my Facebook friends here and there, thank you for hanging around.