It’s getting very close to Christmas Day. Close also to my proposed social media vacation. In four days I’ll be on the ferry to Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand). Sun (or rain), family, fun, food, swims, animals, walks, and a gift from Secret Santa. Happy holidays!
January is usually writing time. This summer I will have a private writer’s retreat right here in my apartment. In a good year I arrange that nothing happens in January — no social events, no AirBnB guests. In a good year, nobody knows I’m here. I haven’t quite managed to achieve that but at least every morning will be free.
Part of a perfect writer’s retreat is a social media vacation. My only social media activity now is a lightweight presence on Facebook and attention to this, my WordPress blog. For four weeks, both are on hold while I retreat from the social Web. Ursula also will be absent, if I can control her.
How I squander time on social media and news
I wake around 6am in the summer. First up: bathroom, meditation, tend to the cat, do tai chi, and get breakfast. That won’t change. Then I go back to bed and eat my fruit-and-muesli in bed (I know, I know, embarrassing) while I check my own blog and others, wander around Facebook, and tour a couple of newspaper sites. The Guardian is an infinite flurry of distractions. It involves frequent side trips when I am lured away by links.
Proposed morning routine on a social media vacation
No Facebook. No WordPress. And only one news item.
I’m expecting to start work an hour earlier every day thanks to this tweaking of my social media habits.
What this means for you
Nothing! I don’t blog very often so you won’t notice a wee pause. My FaceBook friends (mainly Kiwis) will all be on vacation too.
I wish you all happy holidays including New Year. I love that you read what I write, and think about it, and share your thoughts. Please stay.
Happy holidays your way If you love family, may you be with family. If you love friends, may you be with friends. If you love solitude, may you find solitude. For what you lack, may you find a worthy substitute. May you share beneath a roof or in the shade of a tree. May you receive good food and if you can, provide it too. May you be at ease on the day. May you have adventures or rituals or both. May you feel joyful and healthy and safe. May you be loved the way that you are and the way you prefer to be.
- Home alone on Christmas Day
- Cat Thinkies — Christmas
- The life-changing benefits of a social media break