Do you ever look at other people and wonder how on earth they manage to get by? This last week I’ve been making plans, trying to organise life a bit and just generally getting my shit together. I like to plan, I like to know what it is I have coming up. An empty diary is one of my worse nightmares but luckily with my get-go motivated spirit, its very very rare that I ever have to look ahead at blank pages. Any time I have experienced high levels of anxiety or stress, it has always been as a result of me not feeling as though I have control over my plans. However, this doesn’t mean that trying to plan and organise life doesn’t come with a list of complications. It does make me wonder how people who make absolutely no plans or attempts to organise themselves get by? I suppose most of them don’t though, partly why there’s a large amount of people just bumbling about without much of an agenda.
Today marks my second full week without going on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. I must say, it was actually a lot easier this week than last. I think due to the fact that I have had less opportunity to surf the web. My good old teaching job meant that I started my summer holiday on Wednesday and me being the organised planner that I am have been busy with mostly outdoor and health based activities (could you have guessed?). This weekend I was away in Sheffield and made a point of not going on my phone unless it was for directions or to take a picture, which is partly why there’s been no blog update.
This week has also been easier than last, I think, due to the fact that the longer you are without something the less you feel you need it. The sudden impulse to pull out my phone or open a new tab on chrome when I find myself in a moment without much to do has been easier to control and gradually over time I have found that the impulse isn’t actually there. The truth with social media is that, like a lot of modern life activities, it is not a necessity and therefore overcoming the addiction of it is more of a simple task than that of an actual necessity such as food or sex.
I do wonder what will happen and what I decide to do once July is over and (if) I haven’t used social media for so long that the absence may just mean I continue without for the foreseeable future? Who knows?
Anyway, I hope you all had a good weekend and that you’re doing what needs to be done (with a bit extra).