friday's confession: I want to quit the internet

Do y'all remember that eposide of Friends where Ross and Chandler try to quit the gym but keep getting talked into staying and paying more money by the gym staff?

Chandler: I WANT TO QUIT THE GYM!

For those of you who haven't seen the episode, the boys end up having to change banks to get out of the automatic account debit the gym takes every month. They find that an easier solution than actually quitting the gym.

I'm feeling a bit this way with the internet.

It's like this: I have so! much! awesome! stuff! to! do! these days. I have blog posts I want to write, website updates I want to make, and things I want to put out into the world.

And the internet is great, don't get me wrong. It's my medium: I have a blog. Clients find me through my website. I use email as my primary mode of communication.

For that, I heart my computer and internet.

I also heart all the information and inspiration and connection available. I love "meeting" new people through their blogs, or facebook, or twitter. I love reading things that inspire me. I love staying informed about what my friends are doing, and feeling like I'm able to be involved in their lives while also maintaining a busy life of my own.

But sometimes it's too much. Sometimes, I don't know when to stop. Sometimes, I have to go to an extreme self-imposed limit to find some much-needed balance.

Which is why I'm going to quit the internet.

{Gasp! Did she say she's going to quit the internet? Is she REALLY going to quit the internet?}

Right. So I'm not really going to quit the internet, but here's what I am going to do:

For two weeks, from Monday, August 1 through Sunday, August 14, I will only use the internet for business-critical things. I will blog (hopefully more!), I will email, and I will update websites and social media with news.

I will NOT be doing the following:

  • spending an hour with my google reader in the morning over coffee
  • defaulting to google reader or facebook whenever I have a break "just to see if anything new has happened"
  • reading twitter when I'm bored
  • reading inspirational blog posts and getting lost in pinterest

The goal here is to find some balance. To figure out a way to enjoy the information available online without it taking over my life and becoming my go-to thing.

I think this will be reallyreally tough. I know that I'm going to have a hard time breaking these habits since they have become just that: habits.

My hope is that in the morning, I can take Maggie for a walk instead of surfing the web. And that, when I feel compelled to read blog posts about other people's lives, I will instead, sit down and write a blog post about the life that I'm living and my own thoughts.

My hope is that by taking a break and making some space, I'll actually be able to find some balance in all aspects of my life.

Care to join me?