Taking a Break

By Nate LaClaire —  April 16, 2010 — 3 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I spend my time. It seems that I find myself wasting a lot of time on Facebook or in front of the TV (or both simultaneously) or doing other things that drain me emotionally, physically, and spiritually. After reading and contemplating a blog post by Tony Steward, I’ve decided to follow the example of Michael Hyatt and combine it with a suggestion from my good friend Joanna Hoyt. Consequently, I’m observing TV Turnoff Week (aka Digital Detox Week), April 19-25, 2010, by turning off the TV, staying away from Internet video, and taking a break from social media, including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other social sites/tools. Since my work involves social media, I will have to monitor Facebook, Twitter, and some other social media sites for business purposes, but will use them for absolutely nothing personal and will limit my time on them as much as possible. I’m also observing a blog silence during the week, but that won’t impact my life much because of the (lack of) frequency with which I generally post to my blog.

I’m looking forward to the break and am contemplating how my life will change after April 25.

Would you like to join me? Comment below and let us know what you’re giving up as part of your digital detox from April 19 to 25.

See you on the other end!

Nate LaClaire

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Nate LaClaire is a Christian millennial web developer and entrepreneur who writes about faith, life, and intentional living. He is lead developer at Home Building Estimates and owner of Netwalker Internet Services.
  • Joanna Hoyt

    I hope the detox week will work well for you. Thanks for the Tony Stewart link–that’s very clear and helpful. This is the first year that I’ve had much to fast from electronically; but I’m knocking off blogs and Facebook for the week. (Not email; I tend to read and write real letters that way, and I have some good conversations going, including the one with you; that feels very different from the online activities that allow me to drift about fairly passively, distracting myself with little bits of interesting information.) I hope to come back a little more mindfully…more about that over on my blog. I look forward to hearing about what you experience during, and decide after, Turnoff Week.

    • Thanks, Joanna! I hope the week works well for you, also! I agree with you regarding email – it’s definitely different for me than social media tools. I look forward to reading about your experiences on your blog!

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