Thursday, January 9, 2014

information overload.



For the past month or so, morning sickness has been kicking my rear end; which means I've been couch-bound, unable to do much except read blogs and browse Pinterest from my phone. Usually, this is my idea of a good time, but as the saying goes: you can have "too much of a good thing". For me, this constant influx of information has {ironically} left me with zero inspiration to do... well... anything; especially blogging.

Now when I say "information", I'm not talking about necessary things like keeping up with current events. Rather, I'm referring to the general kind that can easily overwhelm: recipes, decorating ideas, ways to deal with this parenting issue or that marriage problem. The thing about this kind of information is that, for the most part, it is useful. I love seeing what other people are making for dinner or how they're dealing with a behavior problem or what they did to update their living room on a budget, because I am often inspiration to incorporate some of their ideas into my own life. But, every now and then, too much is just too much.

This is where I find myself today: declaring it's all "too much"! And rather than continue to remain overwhelmed, I'm determined to find a way to silence the noise. Sooo... I've decided that I am going to do a "blog/social media/internet fast" for one week {starting Monday, January 13th through Sunday, January 19th}.

Note: Just to clarify... I'm not quitting the internet entirely; I'm just trying to drastically slow down the rate at which information comes at me. And then, when my week is over, I'll reevaluate things and either 1} extend the fast for another week or 2} slowly ease my way back into the blogging/social media world.

If you're interested in joining me, here are the rules:

1. NO reading other blogs or casually browsing social media {including Pinterest... *sigh*}.
 
2. I am allowed to check email, write on my blog, and even post status updates/photos to Facebook/Instagram/etc. I just can't "hang around".

Honestly, I don't know if this will help at all. I don't expect to suddenly find myself with an unending amount of inspiration when this fast/experiment is over. If nothing else, I just hope to feel a little... lighter. And then, when it is time to read the blogs and browse social media again, I'll just have to learn to recognize when that overwhelming feeling is creeping up behind me versus waiting until it choke-slams me before I fight back.

Do you struggle with information-overload from time to time?
If so, how do you fight back?

God Bless,

3 comments :

  1. Yes, for sure! I really should do this, but I'm not sure I'm ready just yet. I have just about talked myself into deleting the FB app from my phone though.

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  2. I always 'fast' from the internet when we go on vacation and it's truly a breathe of fresh air most of the time!

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  3. you have to get inspiration from "doing" ... eventhough you are couch bound.. maybe you can find something you can do on the couch to relax.. like crochet...or read a book.. I've been on a blog hiatus.. non planned...because I felt like I kept wanting to change things... I was sucked into the blog "business" .. instead of memory keeping and posting about my hobbies which is why my blog started.. I totally understand what you mean by information overload.. and I hope you find your way through your fast... good to reconnect with you!!! love your blog header!

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