I needed time out.
It’s been a tough week.
I decided to disappear for a day, I know in the grand scheme of things a day isn’t much but for someone who is constantly online whether it be thinking of new blog ideas, taking photographs, uploading memories into Instagram or giving Twitter updates it was a pretty big deal.
For once, the worry of how many people will unfollow because I haven’t posted (sounds pathetic but that’s what happens) didn’t bother me, nor did the fact I hadn’t posted my latest blog post. I just knew that the people who stick with me, still would. And guess what they did.
Don’t get me wrong sometimes it’s nice not to be available but it doesn’t happen for long right? It’s not long before a message comes through or a phone call and we are curious as to who it is or what they may need. But I needed a day out, just for me, to not really feel I needed to be there. What I needed was to focus on me just for a while, to allow real creativity to occur and think properly about what I needed to do next.
In a busy chaotic world where emails, texts and general notifications are flying around poking us for a response, it is hard to switch off. We can’t help but sneek a peek at our phones, tablets or laptops and whether it be through organisational pangs of guilt or sitting on the train with nothing to do, it’s still a demand on our time.
I read many articles about unplugging and online detoxing and I have had mixed views in all honesty. I don’t believe in saying it’s something we should do, it’s more of a personal preference on what us as individuals need to do and sometimes on occasion. Being a lifestyle blogger it’s important I have an online presence and connect with my readers and the blogging community, it’s what is required and I enjoy my connections but I don’t think I am the first nor will I be the last blogger to take a day out.
It was a gratifying experience and much needed.
Here’s what happened:
I felt lighter, I had a choice not to allow my attention to be in demand which resulted in not feeling under pressure to respond.
I felt empowered and in control of my time, everything could wait. My leg wasn’t going to fall off if I didn’t upload an Instagram picture.
I was able to focus on the things I needed to do, I wasn’t distracted and could actually read a chapter of my book with complete focus.
The day seemed to last longer!
Have you ever taken a digital detox? How did it work out for you?
So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.