I spend more than my fair share of time on social media, as that is my job; however, the edited highlights of other peoples perfect Christmas run up were starting to make me feel ever increasingly disorganised. Admittedly I am never organised for the big day, but due to a number of events beyond my control I seemed to have totally lost sight of Christmas looming large after buying a couple of gifts ridiculously early (November) and then totally getting side tracked……think Dory in Finding Nemo.
Also after reading a few articles on social media detoxing the idea gradually grew arms and legs and well, sort of just happened.
I found myself not charging my phone up as much. One, because the battery life had not been used up by my incessant Face-booking activities and two, for the most part, I was with the people that normally get in touch. In the event of an emergency my husband and daughter both had their phones at the ready and should all else fail there was....... ‘Plan B’ aka the house phone.
As horrendous as the pre digital concept may sound, I cannot recommend it enough. I suddenly found myself more engaged with the people I was with and not focused on getting the perfect image to share on FB etc., but taking in the moments themselves as well as the lead up and post moment moment - if that makes sense.
I also discovered that, although unbelievably skilled in multi-tasking, watching a film, reading a book or having a conversation is (for me), far more enjoyable and relaxing without the distraction of my mobile phone constantly pinging through the latest Facebook updates.
My teenage daughter is totally unimpressed; however, I have got used to being a little more in the moment and, if at all possible, I really would like to keep this one New Year’s resolution even if all the rest fall by the wayside (until next year that is!).