Can you imagine a full week with no “noise”? No notification bells, chirps, and chimes? How long could you go without checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.? Do you have what it takes to UNPLUG?
I’ve done this several times now. I’ve only unplugged at home once. When we travel to Mexico, I always unplug for the full seven days.
I’m going to admit something to you that’s not easy for me to do: My name is Wendy Kay and I’m a social media addict. Partly because of my side hustle as a writer. I have to promote my own blogs and books. I also just plain love seeing what everyone else is doing, reading, cooking, and buying.
I get so excited when I get new likes on my Facebook page. I want more followers on Instagram and Twitter. Please, please, please sign up for my newsletter! Definitely “like” and leave comments on my posts.
The thing is, with every new follower, like, and comment it leads to more people I want to please. I like people to like me. I want to make sure I respond to everyone in a timely manner. This is causing me to check my cell phone for notifications way too many times every single day.
Checking all your social media accounts frequently also takes away from being present with your family and friends. If my husband or children talk to me while I’m leaving a comment or reading a post, I don’t hear a word they’ve said. It’s very frustrating for them to have to repeat everything to me until I’m done doing what I’m doing.
What does unplugging mean for me?
It means turning off my Periscope notifications. No more chirping. I can see my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram notifications on my phone, but I don’t check them. I will get a YouTube e-mail and cell phone notification when someone I’ve subscribed to posts a new video, but I won’t watch it.
Sometimes I unplug for a few days. Sometimes it’s for a full week. This time it’s going to be from December 25th – January 1st. I’m turning off the “noise” so I can be present with my family. I’m going to spend time reflecting, planning, reading, crocheting, cooking, baking, decluttering, and writing.
I will still have my cell phone available to check texts, voicemails, and e-mails. I will only respond to what’s urgent. I will use my PC to write my book. I’m going to resist using the internet except for accessing a course I purchased so I can be better prepared for next year. I love to learn so this course should be fun, not stressful. If it becomes stressful, it will have to wait until January 2nd.
I am healthier when I unplug. My body is begging for me to do this again. I’m putting my home, mind, and heart on a #ClutterDiet so I can have more peace, clarity, focus, and patience going into the new year. My blood pressure loves me when I’m unplugged. My family loves me when I’m unplugged.
What would you do with your extra time?
Would you dare to unplug with me?
Have you ever unplugged before? If so, how often and for how long?
Please remember to comment below (because I love comments and I will check them when I come back).
I always make sure I let my family, friends, and followers know that I’m unplugging. I’ll share this post everywhere using the hashtag #unplugged. There is no better time to get unplugged than the week before the new year.
You can do this with me! Save the featured image at the beginning of this post and, when you’re ready to unplug, let your people know. Tell them how long you’re disappearing from the social media world and use the hashtag #unplugged in your posts. Better yet…share this post with them so they can see the benefits of getting unplugged with us!
Happy New Year!