Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday’s What the Heck / Habits

Learning Life: Slaves of Habits

Click on the link below this picture to read some interesting questions we can asks ourselves about our own habits. 



I’m back!  Did you miss me? 

When I decided to give up facebook for lent I had no idea it would result in also giving up other social networks like twitter, google+ and blogs. 

Giving up facebook was more difficult than I imagine. Although, it is not because the information is so compelling that my life would be incomplete without it. No, it is because it was a habit.  Pure and simple it was just a habit.  As you may have experienced habits can be a real chore to change, and you must really want to change to succeed. 

Like many of us I begin my day with a ritual and for the most part I don’t vary far from it.  Some of us begin our day with a cup of coffee and read the paper, others go for a run, or  brush their teeth and shower first thing.  Whatever our morning ritual it, becomes who we are. 

So, in the initial days of giving up facebook I found myself after my meditation heading straight for the computer and start to log into facebook.  This had been my practice for so long that I was doing it automatically.  It was clear that In order to avoid going to facebook I had to change my morning routine.  I suppose that I could have just avoided signing in and still be at the computer. However, I found that social media was becoming so entwined that I could not go to one area without being dragged into facebook somewhere along the way.  That is when I decided to avoid it altogether.

I changed my routine and my world exploded! Crazy huh! I must admit I was lost the first few days, standing in my living room saying to myself "now what?".  But it didn't take long before one thing lead to another and my free time was all consumed with interesting new things.  

This is a bit of what I was up to in my spare time while avoiding social media sites; 

Ø  Became 90% (raw food) Tried new recipes!
Ø  Enrolled in a four week Jay Kordich Juice Course
Ø  Read 3 books each over 900 pages
Ø  Watched 4 seasons of Madmen
Ø  Watched the first season of Game of Thrones
Ø  Designed a new kitchen
Ø  Designed and began landscaping waterfront
Ø   Began my mom’s family tree. I have identified 243 people, 92 families, and posted 320 pictures in the database

The interesting thing I found is that by not I logging on to these social networks I actually changed this habit so effectively that I had little interest in going back to it.  And, although I accomplished so much I admit I missed reading my blog roll because I enjoy reading about your experiences too. 

3 comments:

DUTA said...

Habits can be changed - as they say - "where there's a will there's a way".

The social networks, especially FB are big, addictive time spenders. I'm only on Blogger and even that takes up a lot of my time that could be devoted to many other useful things.

However, I've found out that reading blogs could be even more informative and entertaining than reading newspapers, books, and watching TV. Besides, I feel that writing (posts and comments) improves my English. So, I still stick to it.

I think that dealing with your Mom's family tree and designing parts of your home are a wonderful routine.

Angelina said...

Hi Duta,

I agree reading blogs is a useful way to gain interesting knowledge and meet wonderful people. I really missed it.

My mom's family tree project has been exceptionally satisfying and inspiring. For days I had dreams of ancestors those I've met and those I wished I'd met.

Thank you for your comment. :)

dbs said...

Nice post. I need to give up some things too.

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