How can we NOT feel overwhelmed?
I made a New Year's Resolution this year, and feel I have kept it well enough to give a positive status report.
As odd as it may seem after picking up this blog again, I decided, in 2015, to softly yet significantly disconnect from the virtual world.
A lot is being written about mindful computer use and dealing with computer overload, so plenty of professional lifehackers have plenty to say about the topic.
As for little old me, I was finding my numerous online "obligations" both stress and guilt-inducing.
So, how could I continue to reap the benefits of the Web's offerings, without making social media site stops just another checkpoint on my daily to-do list?
I won't bore you with all the details of how I tweaked Facebook and Twitter, but basically this is how I achieved -- for now -- a more tranquilly connected life.
1. I turned off almost all of my smartphone notifications. And suddenly, having a smartphone feels fun again. (Granted, I have a job that allows me to do this.)
2. I unfollowed over 1,000 people/entities on Twitter. I don't actually use Twitter that much, but when I do, I want to at least recognize a few familiar faces on my feed.
3. I forced myself to stop drifting to Facebook as my default distraction zone. It is amazing how much I can accomplish there in 10 to 15 minutes a day -- in other words: enough.
4. I unsubscribed from a ton of email subscriptions and lists. And to tell the truth, I can't name one of them.
5. I gave up on keeping up. I don't set myself impossible goals in other aspects of my life; why should Internet be any different?
Through the above, I have started feeling more of what I used to feel about the Web: a sense of wonder and discovery.
What about you? Have you done anything to tame the Internet overload beast?
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