Ok, so it's been 2 days since I offically quit the internet.
(Read here to find out what quitting the internet really means, says the girl who's online blogging rightthissecond)
I've learned that quitting the internet is hard.
When I quit smoking cigarettes a hundred years ago, the very first thing I realized was how much smoking cigarettes was my go to. The first thing that hit me about not smoking was how much time I was spending not smoking. Because smoking was what I did when I had a break, when I needed to kill a little bit of time, when I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself.
It was my crutch.
Is it possible that the internet is my crutch too? My I'm-not-exactly-sure-what-I-should-be-doing-with-myself-in-this-exact-moment-so-why-don't-I-seek-out-a-little-distraction crutch, to be specific.
Isn't that interesting?
I think awareness is the first step. Action is the second.
I have to tell the truth. Monday was really, really hard. I checked Facebook on my phone in the morning. And then promptly deleted the app.
I read a blog post in the afternoon, but stopped with just one.
I slipped up a bit. And I let that be okay.
Yesterday was better. I spent time in the park with Maggie. I took a bath before bed.
Today has been even better, due almost specifically to the sheer number of clients I had to see. But when I ask myself the question: would you rather coach clients or surf the internet, it's a no brainer.
They key might be to really schedule myself, to build a structure around the time I spend online. I've noticed that gmail is my go to when I'm feeling that antsy feeling, so my next step will be to pull in some limits on how often I check my email.
Is anyone else playing along with my little challenged? Are you inspired to try something new? Let me know, and I'd love to hear about your challenges and successes with this!