Day 1 – February 15th
In preparation for this, I changed the privacy settings on my Facebook, updated the people most important to me, and left notices on my Instagram and Twitter. I then deleted apps (including Snapchat and Vine, too) late on February 14th, so that I would truly begin my detox at midnight. I used over 7.5gb of data in the last 20 days. And that’s just when I wasn’t connected to wifi. It was definitely time for this challenge. I’ve already had three work-related text messages, but I feel like I was diligent in not taking advantage of texting. I called my boyfriend when I first woke up, because even though I was groggy and yawning, I thought he would probably be going to work. Sure enough, I was right, and it was nice to hear his voice for a few minutes in comparison to the last few days that have been exclusively text messages through our busy schedules. I have always preferred we keep up with small talk via texting, and it’s funny that he’s now the one struggling to not text me. Today’s agenda included a barbecue at a friend’s house that I haven’t been to, and then a birthday party at a location I’m more familiar with. This feels like a strong transition day, and I already feel good about not having the apps to check. The only anxiety I have is to know what people’s responses may have been, but honestly, that doesn’t really matter. Letting go of that need for such a meaningless interaction is really a major part of this project. Navigating without GPS really wasn’t a problem, and I was actually forced to interact with the people at the parties instead of minding my own business. It was funny how obvious other people turned to their phones when they were bored with conversation. Overall, this feels good so far.
Day 2 – February 16th
Man, did I miss being able to veg out on Facebook today. I spent a fair number of hours purging through my room and half-watching TV in the background. I am a very sentimental person, and anything of remote sentimental value has been kept for years and years to the point that I don’t even really remember what some of these little tokens are. I’ve managed to break the habit in the last year by not keeping so many objects and trinkets, but I have yet to go through and decide if something has real sentimental value or not. I found all of the hotel documentation from a trip to Disneyland two years ago. I go to Disneyland at least once a month. Stuff like this really isn’t important, but the anxiety of throwing it all away made me want to retreat to my laptop and bother myself with other people’s status updates. I did cheat a little by playing a game on my phone for a level or two at a time, but taking a pause from the cleaning and accomplishing a little task on the game was quite rewarding. There wasn’t an hour long session of Temple Run or cursing at Flappy Bird, but playing only a level at a time kept frustration away. Talking on the phone to update plans with friends was easy, and I only sent one e-mail (to my Grandpa, because I knew he was busy and couldn’t talk on the phone, but I didn’t want to forget what I wanted to say). I still have a strong desire to just spend 10 minutes on Facebook, but I know 10 will turn into 15, and then 30, and then 3 hours later, I’ll realize I got nothing done.
Day 3 – February 17th
I got lost today, and totally loved it. On my way to MakerCityLA to help prep for the Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference, I took a wrong turn and my shortcut turned into the long way. I had extra time to budget, and looking at everything on my 8 mile journey was amazing. I wasn’t rushing signal to signal, and I wasn’t rapidly refreshing Twitter at red lights. I discovered history about an area I previously waived off. It was beautiful. This conference is going to be tough for me, since I’m technically allowed to tweet and post on behalf of RLPG, but not for myself. It will be a two-day conference starting on Friday, and I’ll be meeting with brands that I already love like Ford, OPI, and Bésame Cosmetics. Today’s prequel was already a challenge, since I was in a small room with social media savvy bloggers glued to their smartphones, but I kept focused to my work. At home, I still had an easy time around the house occupying myself, and my new paper notebook arrived! I’m happy to put a pen and paper back in action for purely recreational use, instead of just the rare occasion I sign a legal document.