Remember this? Yes, the post that started the October Challenge: our Virtual Saucha.
Let’s take a stroll through the offline life and have a little check in now shall we?
– Check my personal emails 3 times a day at most, same for social media. First time not before 9am. Right, let’s get down to the things that didn’t work out so well. 3 times a day was a long shot, and most of the days it was more around 5 times. That said, it’s still way less than I used to, and the “not before 9am” thing worked perfectly. How liberating it is to start the day being fully present to your breakfast!
– Get rid of my personal email account on my iPhone which was not intended for a personal use in the first place; done, and don’t miss it at all.
– In the same line of action: get rid of the Tweetdeck app on said iPhone, so I don’t check my Twitter and FB feed first thing in the morning and last thing before I go to sleep; done, and same as above.
– Unsubscribe – again – to what doesn’t serve me, and NOT signing up for everything and anything, such as these damn teleseminars and summits I don’t even have time to watch / listen to! In progress 🙂
– No matter what, turn the computer off at 11pm latest – and yes that’s late already, but bear in mind I am still in a day job and have somehow to work on my real work at some point in the day I did most of the time, except for a couple of days.
So what now? Well, I have realized how much I get done when I am completely focused and don’t give in to resistance in the form of virtual distraction. I have made more carefully chosen meaningful connections than I did when I was more online. I intend to keep my iphone clear of personal email and social media apps, I am amazed at how much I don’t miss those. I didn’t blog as much as usual because I didn’t feel like it and didn’t force it. I wrote almost every day though, doing morning – or evening, ahem – pages on 750words.com. I lived, basically.
And I intend to continue exploring my online practices, the ones above are set on repeat. I commit to get rid of distraction, and go for quality rather than quantity. I don’t give a s**t about marketing and “building a presence” because the right people? They find you.
How did it go for you? I would love to read your thoughts!