Reducing my use of media and communication – less e-mail!

MH900283843So, my Twitter and Facebook Blackout  has gone pretty well. I have less than 2 weeks left. I am quite looking forward to getting back to Facebook and Twitter, although I will be drastically reducing both my friends list, and my usage and the amount of time I spend on there.

Next on my hit list, is e-mail and the fact that it comes down to my phone, which is pretty much always on, and I use it a lot. I feel obliged to read my e-mails and respond to them, because I have them to hand, and on my BlackBerry. I actually find this overwhelming, and as LSH pointed out, it actually is also a distraction and isn’t probably as “necessary” as I have made it to be. Whilst it is handy, and useful, it actually doesn’t need to interfere with my life, and I am an A type, OCD personality, so if I can see a mail on my phone, I will open it, read it, likely answer it, even if I don’t NEED to.

I have 3 mail addresses. One for the work I do for the toddler and music groups I help to run, one for personal, that LSH and I have used, since we got married, and one for the blog/Ebay etc. Between them, I get a fair amount of mail.

None of it is usually ever urgent, or life shattering in its need to be read and replied to, and to be honest, I have let myself get to a place where people expect me to reply to them instantly, and it really isn’t necessary.

So, for a few weeks, as an experiment, I have taken all the mail accounts off my BlackBerry, and will only be replying to mails, when I sit down to read them, when I have time, and when I feel like I want to. This will be an interesting little side trip to my trying to reduce my usage of social media. I will see how it goes. I figure if someone wants to get hold of me urgently, they can actually call me. I don’t work in a job, where I NEED to be accessible, where e-mails HAVE to be answered or millions of pounds will be lost, nor do lives depend on it, so I think it will be a good break, and it may become permanent, we shall see how it goes.

So, if you want me, please feel to mail me, but I won’t be replying instantly, unless your mail hits my inbox when I happen to be at the pc, or reading mail on my Kindle. Feel free to call me. I have found I make more calls, now I am not in so much contact on Facebook and Twitter, it’s actually quite nice to talk to people.  I’m going to give it  a month, and see how it works. LSH is very happy with this, anything that reduces his having to compete with my BlackBerry for attention is a good thing as far as he is concerned.

PS less than two weeks until I am allowed back onto Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to sponsor me while there is still time, click on this link HERE!


Posted in Everything else and tagged 60 day Facebook& Twitter Blackout, e-mail, social media, stress.


    • Thanks. I am looking forward to being back on FB and Twitter, but this has certainly been a learning curve for me, and been good for me to see how much I actually don’t “need” social media! 😉 The e-mail thing may be a bit harder, but I am working on it!

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