I have a confession to make, and I believe that when you make a mistake, you should own up to it.
So, at the beginning of this month, I made a commitment after reading an article on internet addiction to curb my usage drastically (never before 8am and never after 8pm, and never on the weekends).
It worked well for a week. I was so proud of myself. But that first weekend, our A/C went kaput, and the only way we could reach out to the church community for advice? Facebook.
But I got back on the wagon, and the next weekend was the couple’s retreat. It was so easy to keep the pact this weekend, since we didn’t bring any devices (per request of the speaker and host of the event). It was great, but it was short-lived.
When I incorporated this “fast” of sorts, it was because I was feeling edgy, unfocused, down in the dumps, and irritable. But after the A/C, the couples retreat and the inspiration of A Year in Heels, I felt revitalized, rejuvenated. I had the blogging bug back, and I have been basking in that glow ever since.
So, the “curbing internet” was kicked to the curb.
What did I learn?
1. I’m probably addicted to the internet to some extent. It’s hard when a lot of your community uses social media for its communication
2. I might not need such stringent guidelines to avoid getting burnt out. This month, I might continue with the weekday guidelines as they were, but not the weekend. I want to continue blogging the way that I am, and I can’t do that without at least some time on the internet during the weekends.
3. I do need to be aware of when I’m starting to get overwhelmed, drained, or burnt out and take some time to step away from it. I think finding this balance is really going to be my new goal this month.
Besides, our A/C went out again for another reason (but exactly 4 weeks to the day since the last time), and having my community to support me is something for which I am very thankful.
Have you ever made a goal that you didn’t reach? Did you learn anything about yourself in the process?