Last week was a week’s holiday for me, and I used it as an opportunity to limit my connectedness for a week.
This meant that I turned my BlackBerry off, completely.
Twitter was not updated or consulted
Facebook was ignored, apart from the updates my family gave me as part of the week’s conversations.
It couldn’t be a completely disconnected week because I had some thing I needed to do that required online access (buying beds), and I checked my personal email a couple of times, partly to get updates on the things I had ordered.
By Friday it felt good, but I was surprised by the withdrawal experience that I went through.
I have a basic mobile phone on pay-as-you-go for personal use, so that I can turn the BlackBerry off, but still be contactable by the family.
At the beginning of the week I found myself repeatedly checking this phone even though I knew that there wasn’t anything on it, and I knew there was nothing on it because I was with everyone who had the number of that phone.
When I started the laptop up I found myself going through an inbuilt routine which included checking Facebook and Twitter. I had to consciously choose not to go there.
I also found myself worrying about whether I was missing something ‘important’ on my BlackBerry. Now I’m back in the office it’s time to see whether anything was really that ‘important’ or whether it’s all blown over while I’ve been away. The two important phone calls that I’ve already had this morning would lead me to believe that things have survived just fine without me.
Going forward it’s definitely time to place some clear limits around the levels of connectedness. Prior to my holiday I was already limiting the number of updates on twitter, and I was consciously limiting the updates in my Facebook News Feed to ones that I might actually be interested in.
On the flip side, I’ve decided that there are a few places where I’m not being as vocal as I should be, and this blog is one of them.
I don’t often quote the Bible on this blog, but my Proverb for the day seems very apt:
The more talk, the less truth;
the wise measure their words.