I am almost done with my first month of embracing daily solitude and am beginning to look forward to next month. Ultimately, this year long project is about developing habits. On the embrace side, I really want to focus on habits that I think will be beneficial. Focusing on something for a solid month is really a good start on developing a good habit. This last month, I have been re-developing an old habit. It has been so good to revisit solitude. I fully plan on keeping this month’s practice going forward. The temptation will be to take a little breather, but I really want this to be a habit… not just something I try for a month. So I am going to keep up with daily solitude. More on that when I post the month review.
Wasting time online is a pretty broad category, but for me it really boils down to a few things. I really don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook, as I mostly use it to communicate. So for me, Facebook will be fair game. It will mostly be refraining from playing games and mindless web surfing. I can quickly spend 45 minutes just browsing through ESPN. Oh.. that story on Peyton Manning looks interesting. Really, did I need to read that and 5 other articles about teams I don’t even root for?
There will probably be some grey areas that I will need to work through on the fly. I spend a decent amount of time reading blogs, but most of that I really see as beneficial and connected to things I am trying to learn more about. I don’t see most of that as wasting time, but it can get that way, so I’ll just have to try to stay on top of it. Another grey area is Twitter, where I mostly use it to follow organizations and keep up with friends… but from time to time I can spend more time there than is useful.
Just like this month, I’ll post over the month and record my progress as I refrain from “wasting time online”. I hope to be posting about some of the positive things I am using my time doing when I would normally be escaping into the land of games and mindless web browsing. It will be interesting to see if I just find other ways to waste time that are not “online”.
Just curious… if you were to spend a month refraining from wasting time online, what would be the main things you stay away from?